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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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
A dwindling population and congregation caused the church to close and it became a private dwelling house in the 1980's.
Parish Registers held at WSHC
Burials None listed
For Chittoe entries prior to 1846 please refer to Bishops Cannings, Bromham, Calne and Chippenham Parish Registers
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.
1837 - Present Devizes Registration District
Buildings and Land
Sloperton Cottage home of poet Thomas Moore, the Irish Poet.
Crime and Legal Matters
Emigration and Migration
Employment and Business
Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies
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
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
Thomas Moore, Poet of Sloperton Cottage
Personal Research Items
Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse
War, Conflict and Military Matters
British Red Cross/VAD Volunteers