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Compton Bassett - OPC Vacancy

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Compton Bassett Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Calne - Cherhill - Highway - Hilmarton - Yatesbury


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Compton Bassett
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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 St. Swithin

Compton Bassett (farm in the combe or valley) was held by the Bassetts as early as 1242. The church (St. Swithin) is beautifully situated upon a wooded slope ans is Perpendicular with a fine panelled barrel roof to the nave,supported upon good stone corbels. The unique feature of the church is, however, the remarkable double stone screen and loft with niches, in which modern figures of the apostles have been placed. The Jacobean pulpit retains its hour-glass. Adjoining the church is Compton House, built in 1930, replacing a fine stone mansion built in 1674 by Sir John Weld (source: Wiltshire Little Guides, published by Methuen 1949).

St. Swithin Galley                St. Swithin interior Gallery 

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1563-1882
Marriages 1558-1982
Burials 1558-1962

Notes from the parish registers

1807 - Memorandum - Within this year no burials occurred which is here noticed for there being no entries

Records available from Other Sources


Parish History

Compton Bassett lies between Calne and Cherhill on the southern fringe of the Vale of Dauntsey and within sight of the Downland.   The outstanding feature of the St. Swithin's church lies between its nave and chancel where a fine 15th century chancel arch frames a stone rood screen of considerable elaboration and unique in this part of the country.

Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873 


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawing North Wilts 1826


Crime and Legal Matters

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879          Bastardy Examinations 1882



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




Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business

Markets and Fairs

Christmas Fare at Devizes 1870


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871

Census Return Transcripts


Coroner 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 or 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


Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832              Voters Lists Revisions 1843                MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017

Family Notices

1800-1849                 1850-1899                

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



Horse & Hounds Meets 1800-1899


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Coal for the Poor 1838 



Parishioners Wills

Robert Ponting Proved 1601          David Jenner Proved 1692/93         William Vivash Proved 1620


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military & War Memorials Gallery

Why the Poppy

Victoria Cross Recipient Clement Walker Heneage 1858-1859 Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911  Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918
Calne & District Casualty Lists WWI St. Swithin Roll of Honour WWI Local Tribunals 1916


Home Guards 1940-1944 


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