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Fonthill Gifford - OPC Vacancy

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Fonthill Gifford Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (Our Neighbours)

Hindon - Chicklade - Berwick St. Leonard - Fonthill Bishop - Tisbury - East Knoyle


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - Genealogical resource.
Society of Genealogists - Genealogical resource.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - Genealogical resource.
Wiltshire Community History - Historical resource provided by Wiltshire Counci.l
Wiltshire Family History Society - Genealogical resource.
Nadder Valley - Community website.
A History of the County of Wiltshire - Contains section on geology and landscape.
A History of the County of Wiltshire - Comprehensive history.
University of Leicester - Historical Wiltshire directories.


The Parish Church of Holy Trinity

List of Rectors 1547-1797 Advertisment for the Publication of a John Still Sermon 1799 Church Matters 1800-1849
Rector Donates to Salisbury Infirmary 1815     New Church 1866    

Parish Register Transcripts



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1661-1865
Marriages 1695-2004
Burials 1661-1891


Parish History

The parish of Fonthill Gifford is located in the south-west of the county of Wiltshire. To the north of the parish, the A303 road runs east-west and to the west the A350 runs north-south.           Fonthill, probably from the Celtic, meaning 'spring place' and Gifford from the possession of the manor by the Giffard family at the time of the Domesday Survey.          Fonthill Gifford village is one of fifteen in an area known as the Nadder Valley, situated in a triangle formed by Warminster and Shaftesbury in the west, and Salisbury in the east. The other villages are: Chicklade, Hindon, Fonthill Bishop, Chilmark, Teffont Magna, Dinton, Baverstock, Tisbury, Teffont Evias, Barford St Martin, Ansty, Swallowcliffe, Sutton Mandeville, Fovant and Compton Chamberlayne.          Stops Hill Road connects Fonthill Gifford to the neighbouring village of Hindon to the north-west and Hindon Lane links it to the town of Tisbury to the south-east, which has the nearest railway station.

Parish Jurisdictions               Fonthill Gifford in the Mid Nineteenth Century               Postscripts to Fonthill Gifford in the Mid Nineteenth Century

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Tisbury Registration District
April 1936 - January 1978 Mere Registration District
January 1978 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Andrews’ and Dury’s Map of Wiltshire, 1773                 Andrews’ and Dury’s Map of Wiltshire, 1810


Buildings and Land

Fonthill Abbey


A Description of Fonthill Abbey

General Documents

Sale of Effects of Fonthill Abbey 1822

Lunatic Asylum

Census 1841

Village Hut

Receipt for Hut Fund 1963


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations Crime Reports 1800-1849 Samuel Macey Transported to Tasmania 1831
Crime Reports 1850-1899 Accused of Stealing Wood 1858 Charge of Stealing a Watch & Chain 1884



Post Office 1855            Post Office 1875          Kellys 1903          Kellys 1915



School Treat 1885


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index           Travel News 1900-1999


Employment and Business


Gamekeepers Certificates 1807          Great Sheep Fair 1857


Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish.

John Boles 1721


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851           1861           1871           1881           1891           1901           1911

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832           Poll Book 1865            MP Nominations 2015

Family Notices


Inquest Reports

Jesse Sandell 1830          William True 1842          Charles Vincent 1869

News Snippets

People News 1700 - Present 


Death of the Marquis of Westminster 1869

Parish Notables

William Thomas Beckford - writer, art collector and politician 1750-1844           Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster 1795-1869


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653 

Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse



Probate Index

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Thomas Bennett 1635

Parishioners Wills

Theodore Burleton Proved 1745 Henry Hacker Proved 1850 Mary Hewlitt Proved 1806 Ann Spencer Proved  1839
Richard Spencer (Extract) Proved 1868 Rechaurd Thomson Proved (with Codicil) 1749

War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Photo Gallery

Why the Poppy                 Autumn Manoeuvres 1811-1812                   Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                 Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1918


Receipt for Salute the Soldier Week 1944


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