Text Size

Sunday, 05 February 2012 19:36

Chittoe - OPC Vacancy

Written by 
Rate this item
(4 votes)
Chittoe - St. Mary|Chittoe - Heath Methodist Chapel Chittoe - St. Mary|Chittoe - Heath Methodist Chapel |

Chittoe Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bromham - Calne - Derry Hill with Pewsham - Lacock - Melksham


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Chittoe
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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. Mary

St. Mary Church Gallery               St. Mary's Churchyard

A dwindling population and congregation caused the church to close and it became a private dwelling house in the 1980's.  

New Deacon Ordained 1861           Poor Benefice Fund Grants 1880

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1846-1912
Marriages 1846-1978
Burials None listed

For Chittoe entries prior to 1846 please refer to Bishops Cannings, Bromham, Calne and Chippenham Parish Registers


Parish History

Chittoe has a modern church, Sloperton Cottage, where Thomas Moore, the Irish poet, spent a large portion of his late life, is in the parish. There are traces of the Wansdyke here, and the name survives at Wans House. It is occasionally merged in the Roman road from Bath to Marlborough, which here passes through Spye Park. [source: The Red Guide, Methuen 1949]

Chittoe is also known as Chitway

Chittoe was a detached portion of the Bishop's Cannings parish and became a parish in its own right in 1867.

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Devizes Registration District


Buildings and Land

Sloperton Cottage home of poet Thomas Moore, the Irish Poet.

Inclosure Award Extract 1812-1813               Leasehold & Copyhold Estates (extract) 1824               Tithe Awards 1849 


Parting Letter of Mr. Estcourt 1859          Owners of Land 1873


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849               Bastardy Examinations 1864



Post Office 1855                Post Office 1875




Emigration and Migration

 Strays Index

Employment and Business


Miscellaneous Documents

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

The Heath Methodist Chapel closed in the 1980's and has been converted to a private dwelling.  There is some evidence that a chapel may have existed during the mid 16th century.


People and Parish Notables   

Census Returns Transcripts

1841   1851   1861  

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 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           Voters List 1832           Voters Lists Revisions 1843                   

Family Notices  

Family Notices 1850-1899

General Items

Knights Compositions 1628          

Parish Notables

Thomas Moore, Poet of Sloperton Cottage

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts      


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Poor Law Union Bread & Flour Contract 1838




War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918            Why the Poppy        

British Red Cross/VAD Volunteers

Eliza Breach 1916-1919          Jane Gee 1916-1919           Lottie Gee 1916-1919          Celia Laverton 1916-1919



Read 6536 times Last modified on Friday, 27 September 2019 11:33

Add comment

Please be aware that comments are not checked daily, if you have a question it is better to contact the volunteer directly. However if you just wish to show appreciation or remark upon the page please feel free to do that here.

Security code

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by www.channeldigital.co.uk