Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)
Batheaston (SOM) - Bathford (SOM) - Biddestone - Ditteridge - Marshfield (GLS) - North Wraxall - Slaughterford - Yatton Keynell
Websites of Interest
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Colerne
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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. John The Baptist
The clock was built in 1685, probably by the village blacksmith. It has only the hour hand, like that of Westminster Abbey. There are only a small number of similar one handed clocks in England. The clock was restored in 1959, and again in 1968. The most recent restoration of the clock was carried out in 2008, when the large stone weights were replaced by autowinding gear and the clock face was also replaced. St. John Church Gallery St. John Interior
Parish Register Transcripts
Parish Registers held at WSHC
The parish includes the hamlets of Euridge, Eastrip, Thickwood and Widdenham.
Colerne - An Introduction
Colerne is situated on a hilltop in the north-west of Wiltshire, between Chippenham and Bath, Somerset. The nearest neighbouring village is Marshfield, Gloucestershire and indeed just outside the village is the Three Shires Stone, at the point where the three counties meet. The village itself is on the southern fringe of the Cotswolds and the houses, commercial properties and churches in the central conservation area are largely built of Cotswold stone. Colerne used to be known locally for its RAF base, now used in part by the Army. The village and nearby hamlets (Thickwood, North Colerne, Eastrip, Euridge, Widdenham) are home to 3000 diverse inhabitants including many young families: for this reason Colerne’s school and its businesses are continuing to thrive, along with a host of clubs, sports teams and other activities.
Colerne Fire 1774
A devastating fire ravaged the village of Colerne on 1st April 1774. Read more about the fire and the people who were affected.
The Legend of the Dead Donkey
The Vicar had left his donkey in the care of the Churchwarden while he was visiting a neighbouring parish, but it died while he was away. Having given many years of devoted service, the Churchwarden thought the animal should at least be rewarded with a Christian burial in the churchyard. The undertaker and gravedigger, not normally artful in the burial of veterinary specimens, failed to dig the correct grave dimensions resulting in the donkey being buried feet up with it's hooves breaking the surface of the grave. On his return, the Vicar had the beast reburied but word of this had already reached the neighbouring villages. Youths would often come to Colerne and poke fun at the villagers by crying ee-aaw as they passed through. This often resulted in mass altercations and even today the visiting soccer teams are told to "go polish the donkey's hooves" for a joke.
1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District
Buildings and Land
Sale of Property
Crime and Legal Matters
Prisons and Prisoners
Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)
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.
Wiltshire Society Apprentices
|George Newman 1907||Henry Moules 1910||Albert Henry Tilley 1910|
|Stribley Tidmarsh 1913||Thomas Edward Tidmarsh 1913||Leonard Walter Roger Moules 1914|
|Sidney Albert Moules 1914||Ernest Albert Gray 1915|
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
Colerne Evangelical Church
Independent Congregational Church
Primitive Methodist Chapel
Primitive Methodist Chapel, Thickthorn
Providence Baptist Chapel
People and Parish Notables
Associations, Clubs, Organisations & Societies
Census Returns Transcripts
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
Elections and Polls
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
|Brian Ashton - English rugby union player and coach||Kristan Bromley - Skeleton racer (Winter sports)||Derek Fowlds - actor|
|Shelley Rudman - Skeleton racer (Winter sports)||Geoff Willis - author - born in Martins Croft 1954|
Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse
Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held
War, Conflict and Military Matters
People and Parish Notables
Personal Research Items
Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - These items were 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 references to Quaker entries may be found from across the county.