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Derry Hill with Pewsham - The OPC is Karen Arnold

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Derry Hill & Pewsham Photo Gallery                          

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Calne - Chippenham - Chittoe - Lacock


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Derry Hill and Pewsham.
Bowood House - Country House Website.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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 Parish Church of Christchurch

Christchurch memorial inscriptions (80% complete) from information supplied by Lynne and Paul Powell    Memorial Stones Gallery

Farmers to Help with Church Build 1838

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1840-1975
Marriages 1842-1986
Burials 1840-1932


Parish History

Derry Hill is situated 3 miles east of Chippenham and grew up around Bowood House, the seat of the Marquis of Lansdowne, providing houses for the estate workers. 

Christchurch was built c.1839 in the Victorian style.  It was used regularly by the Lansdowne family instead of their own private chapel for large family weddings and burials.

Pewsham although listed as a parish by Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre does not in fact have a church of its own and its sparse number of residents would have attended other churches in the Calne and Chippenham areas.  Pewsham is now a large residential area near to both Chippenham and Calne.  Pewsham was also know as Old Derry Hill

The parish of Derry Hill also contains Bowood House seat of the Marquis of Lansdown

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Calne Registration District
April 1836 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Buildings and Land

Inquisition of Richard Westfield 1625 (Pewsham)


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery

Lansdowne Arms


Crime and Legal Matters

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879               Bastardy Examinations 1861          Bastardy Examination Archard v Simmonds 1861           



Post Office 1875                Kellys 1915                Swindon & District 1928 (Calne without)                 Swindon & District 1928 (Derry Hill)                  Kellys 1931       




Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807           Wage Rise for Labourers 1838


Wiltshire Society Apprentices

William Gingell 1913                  Albert Richard Kilmister 1855


British Postal  Service Appointments 1737-1969


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Studley Wesleyan Chapel Sunday School Librarian's Register 1899-1910   [This item also appears on the Bremhill (Studley) Section but appears here since many of those named are from the Derry Hill Area even though no residence detail is recorded]


Associations, Clubs, Organisations & Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871   

People and Parish Notables

Coroners Bills 1752-1796 Family Notices 1800-1849 Family Notices 1850-1899
Residents Mentioned in Kilvert's Diary 1870-1879 Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863 Family Notices 1900-1949

Census Returns Transcripts

1841        1851        1861               

The 1841 & 1861 Census transcripts combine the areas of Derry Hill that were enumerated as being in Bremhill, Calne and Pewsham

Elections and Polls

Voters Lists Revisions 1843                 MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017

Personal Research Items

Townsend Family

Pete Townsend has produced a valuable family history on his website

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - This item was donated by Ken Tuck and contains entries that may or may not relate to the Tuck family however they have been published as such.  Many refer to Quaker burials found across the county


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse




War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorial & Military Photo Gallery

Why the Poppy          Calne & District Casualty Lists 1914-1918                  Derry Hill & Studley War Memorial




Bowood Photo Gallery

Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849          Ex Servant Caught in Possession of Stolen Goods 1822



Post Office 1855                Post Office 1875                Kellys 1915                 Swindon & District 1928                Kellys 1931


People and Parish Notables

Aviator's Certificate - Michael Francis Phillips 1947or's Certificate - Michael Francis Phillips 1947

Associations, Clubs, Organisations & Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871   

Family Notices   


Parish Notables

Jan (John) Ingenhousz, M.D. & Scientist

Lansdowne Family

Lansdowne Family Tree 1623-2008           News from Bowood House 1900-1902             


War, Conflict and Military Matters

V.A.D. & Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1918




Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1900-1949


People and Parish Notables

Storm Fatality 2014  

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832



Parishioners Wills

Abel Gee Proved 1756 (Extract)


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Memorial Streets Pewsham          Memorial Street Gallery


Home Guards 1940-1944 




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