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Christian Malford Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bremhill - Dauntsey - Lyneham - Seagry - Sutton Benger


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Christian Malford
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Christian Malford - Village Website


The Parish Church of St. Michael and All Saints

The Parish Church was built in the 13th Century; c.1243. It provides a focal point in the local countryside due to its large tower which can be seen clearly. It was built through the efforts of the villagers who, along with the first Rector Robert Bremleigh, raised funds for its construction. To this day it still plays a prominent part in the local community, with services every week and its location at the heart of the village.

The Church has seen extensions and restoration over its 800 year history, most notably in the 14th Century and the 18th Century. It has been awarded Grade I Listed status (this means it is considered a building of exceptional interest.) It also played its part in the war effort. In World War II it was used by The Home Guard as a look out due to the large tower and its vantage point over the River Avon.

Parish Register Transcripts

Interesting entries from the parish registers 1653-1701


1600-1649           1650-1812          1813-1911



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1653-1944
Marriages 1653-1988
Burials 1653-1858
BTs 1847-1860 held at Bristol Record Office


Parish History

The parish includes the tythings of Avon and Lye.

Scarecrow Trails 2014

Civil Registration

1837 - Present - Chippenham Registration District


Buildings and Land

Notice of Intended Construction of the Wilts & Berks Canal 1793 Land and Buildings to Let 1817 Calne, Hilmarton & Lyneham Turnpike Roads 1847
Owners of Land 1873    


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814


Crime and Legal Matters


Charges of Assault, Drunk & Disorderly 1872

Court Cases

Carpenter Claims Unpaid Wages 1843         

Quarter Sessions

 Victims of Crime

George Thomas Reynolds 1876

Prisons and Prisoners

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879       



Post Office 1875                Swindon & District 1928                 Taylors Telephone 1941



A National School for both boys and girls was established here


Emigration and Migration

Published in tables from the Poor Law Commissioners Annual Reports for 1835, 1836 and 1847-1848 the following may be of use for tracing missing ancestors.  9 paupers emigrated to South Australia under an assisted emigration programme in 1844.

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Game Licences 1834               


Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish.

James Arnold 1729                  Samuel Ashly 1725

Wiltshire Society Apprentices

Robert Edward Kimber 1881


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Congregational Chapel
Independent Chapel
United Reformed Church


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations, Societies and Sports

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871                   St. John Ambulance Fete and Prize Giving 1950 

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

Elections and Polls

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

Family Notices

Family Notices 1850-1899

General Items

Knights Composition 1628                  Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863


Frank Herbert Martin 1902 

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


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Settlement Examinations 1766-1795


Charity Run in Aid of Hope for Tomorrow 2014 



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

John Hungerford 1636

Parishioners Wills

Richard Pinegar 1744


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Muster Roll 1539 WWI Military Service Exemption Tribunals Soldiers Who Died in WWI Named in Calne & District Casualty Lists
Casualty Biographies WWI Casualty Biographies WWII Roll of Honour Plaque
Christian Malford War Memorial Why the Poppy   


Home Guards 1940-1944 




People and Parish Notables

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts                  Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871



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