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St. Nicholas St. Nicholas

Upper Chute Gallery          Lower Chute Gallery          Chute Standen Gallery

Contiguous Parishes

Collingbourne Kingston - Great Bedwyn - Hurstbourne Tarrant (HAM) - Ludgershall - Tangley (HAM) - Tidcombe with Hippenscombe


Web Sites

Register of One-Place Studies - Chute Entry


The Parish Church of St. Nicholas

Rebuilt between 1869 and 1872, the church is of red brick with stone facings; inside is a chancel, nave, small south transept, a wagon roof and a south western tower with a spire.  The Norman font from a previous church on the same site is still in use.  Just inside the churchyard gate is a hand pump and stone bowl installed in the Victorian era for the use of poor parishioners.  The main benefactor of St. Nicholas was Thomas Fowle who also financed the building of St. Mary's in neighbouring Chute Forest.  The eminent Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson was employed on both churches so it is no surprise that they are of similar design.           Chute with Chute Forest are in the Savernake Team Ministry together with ten other parishes in north east Wiltshire - Burbage, Collingbourne Ducis & Everleigh, Collingbourne Kingston, East Grafton, Great Bedwyn, Little Bedwyn, Ham & Buttermere, Savernake Forest, Shalbourne and Tidcombe & Fosbury.  The church is normally open to visitors during daylight hours.      St. Nicholas Church Gallery             

Incumbents List          Chancel Rebuilt 1869        Grant for Sittings Approved 1869           Church Re-Opening 1872           Church Restoration 1872

Parish Register Transcripts


1582-1599           1600-1699           1700-1799            1800-1837

Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1871-1950
Marriages 1877-1947
Burials 1875-1971


Parish History

Chute and Chute Forest are two separate neighbouring parishes on the eastern border of the county where Wiltshire meets Hampshire. They have been joined ecclesiastically since 1954.

The parish of Chute is made up of the hamlets of Upper Chute, Lower Chute, Chute Cadley and Chute Standen; the latter two are isolated and have no more than about a dozen dwellings between them.  Upper Chute is the largest of the hamlets and offers spectacular views across the Wiltshire countryside.

Civil Registration

July 1837 - 31st March 1880 - Andover Registration District
1st April 1880 - 31st April 1936 - Pewsey Registration District
1st May 1936 - Present - Devizes Registration District

Newspaper Articles

Newspapers are a treasure trove of information for family history researchers and social historians. You may find your ancestors mentioned in the court columns either as the perpetrator or victim of crime - alcohol related offences, poaching and theft were the most common misdemeanours in the courts in the 19th century. 

Primarily, the articles shown below are those that contain names of parishioners to assist family history researchers however, these articles should not be presumed to be all that appear in the given years, or that there are no articles in the years omitted.  Articles relating to the parishes of Chute and Chute Forest have been placed here together.          

1700-1799           1800-1849             1850-1869             1870-1899  

Parish Location

Hurstbourne Tarrant, Upton, Clanville, Tangley, Vernham Dean (Hampshire) and Ludgershall (Wiltshire) are all within 3 miles of Chute and Chute Forest.  The nearest towns are Andover (Hampshire) 7 miles and Marlborough (Wiltshire) 17 miles


Buildings and Land


Iron Age Treasure Trove 1927


Fires in the Parish 1800-1899                  Disastrous Fires at Chute 1868


Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808               Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1809              Map of Chute 1841

Public Houses

Cross Keys, Upper Chute

Cross Keys Gallery          Cross Keys 1870

Hatchet Inn, Lower Chute



Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Crime

Boy Accused of Killing a Horse 1860


Arson at Ludgershall 1830-1831           Executed for Arson 1835          Transported for Arson 1838


Alleged Assault on a Farmer 1883

Business Crime

Bakers Charged with Selling Underweight Bread 1869

General Crime

Crime Reports 1800-1849          Crime Reports 1850-1899

Swing Riots

Trial of the North Brothers 1831       


Vicar's Servant in Court 1847          Stealing Oats 1864



Kellys 1867              Kellys 1875               Kellys 1889                Kellys 1898               Kellys 1907              Kellys 1923



There were two schools in Chute in 1818.  From 1841 a room at Chute Standen was used partly for a school affiliated to the National Society.  A new school, built between Chute and Chute Standen in 1858, was attended by pupils from Chute, its hamlets, and Chute Forest.  The school closed in 1978.


Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807              Gamekeepers Certificates 1834   


Mary Piper 1720                        

Wiltshire Society Apprentices 

Frederick William Cook 1874                 Elizabeth Catherine Mott 1875

Postal Services

British Postal Services Appointments 1737-1969     


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871


Boy Loses an Ear 1868 

Census Returns Transcripts

1841           1851           1861          1871           1881          1891           1901          1911 

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

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818                Poll Book 1865                 Electoral Register 1939       

MP Nominations        

MP Nominations 2015

Family Notices


Inquest Reports

Thomas Hendy 1838              William Webb 1894                 Inquest Reports 1850-1899                Unknown Man 1850                

Parish Notables

Anthony Andrews - Actor, best known for his role in TV's Brideshead Revisited, lives at Chute Standen
Viscount David Eccles - Education Minister in three Conservative governments, lived at Dean Farm Upper Chute  
Lord Ernest Rutherford - Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry in 1908, lived in Upper Chute between the wars
Lord Charles Wellesley - The youngest son of the (Iron) Duke of Wellington, lived at Conholt Park, a large estate in Chute


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653           


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Joan Noyes 1623

Parishioners Wills

Edward Hapgood Proved 1652


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Situated in Upper Chute, the war memorial commemorates casualties from WWI and WWII from both parishes.          

Why the Poppy Attestations - (with Chute Forest) Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918
WWI Casualties - (with Chute Forest) WWII Casualties - (with Chute Forest)  
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