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Cricklade (St. Mary & St. Sampson) - The OPC is Jean Strong

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Cricklade Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Ashton Keynes - Blunsdon St Andrew - Broad Blunsdon - Charlton - Eisey - Latton - Leigh - Minety - Purton - South Cerney (GLS)


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for photographs of St Sampson's
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Cricklade
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Cricklade Museum - Local Museum supported by the Cricklade Historical Society


The Parish Church of St. Sampson

The parish church of Cricklade St.Sampson lies right in the north of the county beside the infant River Thames. A large building of cathedral proportion, it is completely over-shadowed by its magnificent central tower. It is a very late example of Gothic architecture dating from the middle of the sixteenth century. The lowermost storey of the tower's interior is richly ornamented with heraldry. West of the tower is a primitive looking nave with its clumsy piers of plain masonry, much of it dating from pre Conquest days.               

Cricklade St. Sampson Church Gallery               Cricklade St. Sampson Church Interior Gallery               Cricklade St. Sampson Churchyard

Parish Church News 1850-1899

Parish Register Transcripts






1695-1847         1847-1885          1886-1921     

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1672-1915
Marriages 1695-1969
Burials 1695-1937
BTs 1838-1867 held at Bristol Record Office


Parish History

Cricklade St. Sampson is geographically spread out it includes part of the town of Cricklade and extends south.  It contains the tything of Chelworth and the township of Whidhill.  

Cricklade is twinned with Suce-sur-Erdre, France

Population Figures and Other Information

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Cricklade Registration District
April 1936 - Present Swindon Registration District


Devizes & Wiltshire Gazette 1816 - Present
Evening Advertiser 1898 - Present
Marlborough Times 1859 - Present
North Wilts Herald & Advertiser 1861-1950
Salisbury Journal 1736-1819
Swindon Advertiser 1855-1967


Buildings and Land


Cattle Plague Regulations 1867                 




Owners of Land 1873             


Ordnance Map 1816               Ordnance Survey Map 1816 (2)               Ordnance Survey Map 1816 (3)

Property Sales

Three Properties for Sale 1890


Turnpike Road from Faringdon to Cricklade and Malmesbury 1818          Calne, Hilmarton & Lyneham Turnpike Roads 1847


Crime and Legal Matters


Bastardy Examinations           Bastardy Examination Eatwell v Hall 1868


Con Man Joseph Ady 1838

General Crime

Crime Reports 1800-1849          Crime Reports 1850-1899           Crime Reports 1900-1949

Prisons and Prisoners

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879           Bedford Gaol Prisoner Alfred Broad 1835

Swing Riots

Trials 1831


Theft Charges 1903



Post Office 1875               Kellys 1915               Swindon & District 1928                 Taylors 1941



Blakehill County School
Board School for Girls
British School
Church of England Controlled School
National School for Boys, Girls and Infants
Danvers House Private Boarding School
Forty House Infants School
Charles Hurt Private School
Ladies School, High Street
Misses S & E Laws School
Misses Lovett & Maslen School
Mary Morse School
Prior Park Preparatory School
Misses A. & Jane Rew's School
Misses M & S Robins School
St. Mary's School
St. Mary's Girls School
St. Sampson Church of England Junior School
St. Sampson Day School for Boys, Girls and Infants
Elizabeth Withers School


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business


Wiltshire Society Apprentices 
Alfred Broad 1848-1850 Albert Fachney Carter 1855 William George Dafter 1877 Edward William Saunders 1861 Henry Saunders 1868
John Joseph Saunders 1863 William Saunders 1875 Frederick Telling 1876     



Aviators Certificate for George Ramsey 1935


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969           Employment & Business News 1850-1899

General Employment Items

Hair Powder Tax Stamps Distributors 1801


Monthly Markets 1838           Markets 1850-1899


Medical Licence Directory Extract - John Bartholomew 1671           General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Congregation Chapel
Methodist Church
Particular Baptist Chapel
Primitive Methodist Chapel
Society of Friends (Quakers)Salvation Army
St. Helen Chapel
St. Mary Church of England & St. Mary Roman Catholic Church) (see tab below)
United Church
United Reformed Church
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Sunday School Exam Success 1963 


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871


William Cuss 1861

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861         1871          1881         1891         1901          1911

Coroners Bills

County coroners were introduced in England in around 1194 once established other boroughs and liberties sought the right to have their own coroner.  Often in Medieval times the coroner also assumed the role of the sheriff and his duties weren't limited to holding inquests on dead bodies although almost a full time post they were unpaid for the duties apart from those that were deemed murder of manslaughter when they would receive 13s. 4d.   From the 24th June 1752 a law was passed allowing the coroner to claim £1 for every inquest they attended not held in a gaol and also to claim 9d per mile travel allowance from the place of residence.  Inquests held in any gaol were performed at a rate totalling no more than £1.  These costs were to be paid from the county rates.  In cases of homicide the coroner also received the former fee of 13s. 4d.  The coroners submitted their bills at the quarter session sittings for approval.      Coroners Bills 1752-1796


Decree - Bolton v Bolton & Page 1861

Elections and Polls

Members of Parliament 1295-1918 Poll of Freeholders 1772 Poll Book 1818 Voters List 1832
Voters Lists Revisions 1843
Poll Book 1868
Electoral Lists Revision Court 1902
MP Nominations 2015 MP Nominations 2017

Family Notices

1800-1849                1900-1949

Miscellaneous Items

People News 1850-1899                  Five Monarchs of Wiltshire Widows Lifetimes 1904                  Childrens Corner Evening Advertiser 1948


Charles Howse 1896

Personal Research Items

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


Tax List 1332                 

Wedding Reports

Wilkins & Baker 1936

Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Workhouse Crime 1835-1850               Cricklade & Wootton Bassett Union News 1850-1899                Adult Paupers for 5 years Consecutive in Union Workhouse 1861                  Public Assistance Administration 1948



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Inquisition of Lands Held 1433               Thomas Phillipps 1628               John Hungerford 1636                 Richard Walrond 1640

Parishioners Wills

Henry Henly Proved 1658 (Nuncupative)               William Norris Proved 1658              Richard Townsend Proved 1793                Mary Miller Jenner 1832                 William Quarrell Proved 1836


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy Former MP's Sons 1847 Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911 Cricklade War Memorial
Roll of Honour Plaque Casualties of WWI    



Cricklade St. Mary

Church of St. Mary

Parish Register Transcripts

These can be found at Friends of St. Mary's Church



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1684-1837
Marriages 1686-1899
Burials 1683-1837
BTs 1838-1888 held at Bristol Record Office



St. Mary's is a medieval church which, on becoming redundant in 1981, became the first church in England to be handed back to the Roman Catholic Church since the English Reformation during the reign of King Henry VIII.  The church was re-opened as a Catholic Church in 1984 and is painstakingly being restored.  For information on the church as one of the catholic faith visit The Parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fairford with St. Mary's Cricklade

Cricklade St. Mary Photo Gallery

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Cricklade Registration District
April 1936 - Present Swindon Registration District


Employment & Business


Aviators Certificates

George Butt Miller 1935


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

1841           1851          1861           1871           1881           1891           1901           1911

Coroners Bills

Coroners Bills 1752-1796

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818         Voters List 1832          Poll Book 1868            

Inquest Reports 

Laura Hannah Ockwell 1869



Parishioners Wills

Mary Painter Proved 1722 




People and Parish Notables

Coroners Bills 1752-1796               Family Notices 1800-1899




Buildings and Land

Enclosure Awards 1788


Crime and Legal Matters

Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Croft v Giles Lord Chandos


Miscellaneous Documents

Poll of Freeholders 1772


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Chelworth Mission Room




Crime and Legal Matters

Parishioners Eligible to Serve as Jurors 1771



Swindon & District Year Book 1951


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