Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)
All Cannings - Patney - Potterne - Southbroom - Stert
Websites of Interest
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Etchilhampton.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
The registers of Allcannings, and Etchilhampton - American Libraries - these have been transcribed below.
Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust - Etchilhampton entry.
The Parish Church of St. Andrew
Church Memorial Plaques
Parish Register Transcripts
Parish Registers held at WSHC
In the 1861 census the parish of Etchilhampton was recorded as Ashelton
1837 - Present Devizes Registration District
Buildings and Land
Crime and Legal Matters
The definition of a bastard for the period when examinations were carried out by parish overseers and local justices is as follows:- any child born out of wedlock including those where the mother and father later marry, children of a second marriage whilst the first wife is still living; the issue of divorced couples; children born where the husband is known to have been abroad for some year; A child born after the father has died. The definition has evolved since the Act of 1732/33 where a “single mother” was by law obliged to declare her pregnancy and state the name of the reputed father. Some parish registers may record the words base-born against a baptism record and some may even name the reputed father. Below are some of the surviving bastardy examination reports transcribed from various sources such as court books and overseers accounts. It is interesting to note that only the mother’s and witnesses’ oaths seem to be recorded even though the defendant would have been summoned to the hearing. Perhaps their evidence was pre-delivered for the examiners to peruse before the mother was required to prove her case. It is also interesting to read the language used to describe the situation the mother found herself in and the circumstances in which the child was conceived. It would appear that the examination itself would not have been a pleasant experience for plaintiff or defendant no matter what the outcome. Bastardy Examinations
Emigration and Migration
Employment and Business
Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
People and Parish Notables
Census Returns Transcripts
Elections, Polls and Voters Lists
Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse
War, Conflict and Military Matters