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St. Andrew (Chippenham Parish Church) St. Andrew (Chippenham Parish Church)

Chippenham Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (Our Neighbours)

Biddestone - Bremhill - Calne - Corsham - Hardenhuish - Lacock - Langley Burrell - Kington St. Michael - Pewsham - Tytherton Kellaways - Yatton Keynell


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Chippenham
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Chippenham Town Council - Website with images and information about Chippenham


St. Andrews (Chippenham Parish Church)

St. Andrew's Photo Gallery

The parish of St. Andrew's is also known as Chippenham Parish Church Like many other large town churches, St. Andrew's has undergone many transformations. It is fortunate that the west tower, of which the upper part and spire was rebuilt in 1633, has been conscientiously designed in a style which harmonises with the rest of the building. The nave and chancel are a 19th century rebuild. The Norman chancel arch was set in the north wall of the latter to lead into its north chapel; the east window of which was formerly that of the chancel. The lower part of the tower with its arch is 14th century. The most interesting part of the church is the ornate south chapel built in 1442. There is also a superb organ case of 1730.

Death of Rev. Lewis Purbrick 1860

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1578-1983
Marriages 1578-1975
Baptisms 1578-1912
IGI batch numbers: C059141, C059142, M059141, M059142

Parish Registers held at Bristol Record Office

BTs 1855-1859 for Chippenham Cemetery
BTs 1837-1890 for Chippenham


Parish History

Chippenham town is made up of two parishes - St. Andrew's and St. Paul's - both have their own dedicated section which can be found at the bottom of this page.  The town also includes the tythings of Allington, Nethermore and Stanley.  Chippenham is twinned with Freiburg, Germany and La Fleche, France

The Blue Plaque Trail  Lecture on the Roll of the 17th Century Burgess and Bailiff 1838 Local Board Meeting Report 1874
History of Chippenham 1894 Rates Charges 1951  

Book Reviews

Chippenham - Then and Now

Recommended Reading

An Amazing Journey: A wondrous trek through time - by Jim Bailey. (Independently Published 2019, ISBN-13: 978-1796442472).
The Bayley/Bailey family of Chippenham and Bailey family of Massachusetts, finally solving many riddles that have plagued this family for decades.

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Farmers' Hunt Ball & Supper 1846


Buildings and Land

Notice of Intended Construction of the Wilts & Berks Canal 1793 Chippenham Turnpike Notices 1846 Property to Be Let or Wanted 1850-1899
Damage Caused by Gale 1861 Cattle Plague Regulations 1867 Owners of Land 1873
Fire at Waterford Cloth Mills 1915    


Chippenham Cemetery, London Road

London Road Cemetery Gallery

London Road Memorial Inscriptions (On going project transcribed from information kindly supplied by Lynne and Paul Powell)

Burials  1855-1886          1886-1921

Wood Lane Cemetery (Non-Conformists)

Burials  Ministers          Others Burials 1848-1910


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811               Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814       

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery          Beerex Festival 1976


Railway Gallery

Great Western Railway Timetable Changes 1874


Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Related Crime

Gelding Taken Without Payment 1789


Apothecary Assaults Mr. Singer 1771          Charges of Assault, Drunk & Disorderly 1872 

Bastardy Examinations

The definition of a bastard for the period when examinations were carried out by  parish overseers and local justices is as follows:-  any child born out of wedlock including those where the mother and father later marry, children of a second marriage whilst the first wife is still living; the issue of divorced couples; children born where the husband is known to have been abroad for some years; A child born after the father has died.  The definition has evolved since the Act of 1732/33 where a “single mother” was by law obliged to declare her pregnancy and state the name of the reputed father.  Some parish registers may record the words base-born against a baptism record and some may even name the reputed father.  Below are some of the surviving bastardy examination reports transcribed from various sources such as court books and overseers accounts.  It is interesting to note that only the mother’s and witnesses’ oaths seem to be recorded even though the defendant would have been summoned to the hearing.  Perhaps their evidence was pre-delivered for the examiners to peruse before the mother was required to prove her case.  It is also interesting to read the language used to describe the situation the mother found herself in and the circumstances in which the child was conceived.  It would appear that the examination itself would not have been a pleasant experience for plaintiff or defendant no matter what the outcome.          Bastardy Examinations

Hiscocks v Wilkins 1852

Commercial Court Cases

Rival Greengrocers 1869

Court Cases

Committed to the County Gaol 26.5.1874          Court Claim of Washbourne v Broome 1895


Fake Notes in Circulation 2014


Con Men 1832               Horses, Drink & Embezzlement 1860                Passing Worthless Cheque 1922

General Items

Crime Reports 1700-1799                  Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Appointment to Chancery 1845                 Crime Reports 1850-1899                 Concealing a Birth 1866                Crime Reports 1900-1949

Motoring Offences

Dangerous Driving Charge 1931


Aftermath of Kington Langley Revel 1822

Prisons and Prisoners

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879                 Convicts sent to Prison Hulks 1823-1842

Quarter Sessions

Court Appearances

Kate Amor 1876          Albert Adam 1912          William Bartlett 1911

Victims of Crime

Sir George Coope Helme 1912         John Smith 1876


Horse Theft 1825                   Theft of Lead 1859                 Guilty of Stealing 1870



Baileys 1783 Universal British 1792-1793 Pigots 1822 Pigots 1830 Pigots 1842 Slaters 1852-1853
Post Office 1875 Swindon & District 1928 Swindon & District 1928 (Without)      

Items in the above table referred to as "without" include entries for outlying parishes and tithings especially for business entries.



Education Gallery

Funds Sought for New Infant School 1847 (St. Andrews)


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index                   Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present

Overseas Travel

License to Travel Overseas - Gabriel Barnes 1621 


Employment and Business 

Disastrous Fire at Waterford Mills 1915

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807               Gamekeeper Licenses 1834          Agricultural Report 1886     


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

John Abraham 1750 William Andrews 1717 John Howard Angel 1739 Richard Baker 1719
William Bale 1717 Gabriel Barnes 1713 James Barrett 1719 Ann Bayntun 1756 
Robert Blackmore 1751 John Boswell 1725               
Wiltshire Society Apprentices
Thomas Henry Bailey 1882 Charles Cole 1899 Marjory Celia Cole 1904 James Walter Lovett Farrell 1876
William Gingell 1913 Samuel C. Guy 1857 Edward S Higgins 1855 Henry E. Higgins 1872
Thomas Higgins 1860 Herbert Hains Hulbert 1902 William Thomas Latter 1838 Alfred Lewis 1856
Alfred James Lewis 1862 James Lewis 1850 William John Lewis 1844 Stanley W. G. Maskeline 1908
Albert Edward Pollard 1898 Henry Alfred Pollard 1898 Charles George Scaping Ricketts 1877 Charles Silitoe 1860
George Silitoe 1853 Edward Francis Whittle 1905 Frederick George Wilkins 1897 Henry Woodman 1823


Aviators Certificates

Lionel Mills 1929          Michael William Norman 1951          Frank William Pearce 1935


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969        

Community Services

New Fire Engine Christened 1922

Energy Industry

Energy Firm Back Schools Green Energy Initiative 2014


UK Mechanical Engineer - Frank Stenson Adams 1918

General Items

Hair Powder Tax Stamp Distributors 1801                  Employment News 1800-1849           Employment News 1850-1899


Markets 1800-1849                   Christmas Fare at Devizes 1870


General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959          William Pinniger the Chemist 1871

Trades Unions


Frederick William Abrahams 1917


Miscellaneous Documents

World's Oldest Xmas Tree               Facts and Figures About Wiltshire 1874     


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship 

Chippenham Churches

Brethren's Meeting Room, Hill Corner Road Causeway Primitive Methodist Church Cepen Park Methodist Church
Christian Science Society Church Ebenezer Chapel Elim Pentecostal Church
Ladyfield Evangelical Church Lowden & Sheldon Road Primitive Methodists (See Lowden Page) Lowden Community Church (See Lowden page)
Monkton Hill, Causeway & Studley Wesleyan Methodist Church (see Monkton page) Oasis Church, Hardenhuish School, Hardenhuish Lane Primitive Methodist Chapel
The Salvation Army Citadel, Foghamshire Sheldon Manor Chapel Sheldon Road Methodist Church 
Society of Friends, Causeway Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church St. Paul's, Allington - (See Allington page)
St. Peter's, Lords Mead, Frogwell St. Peter's, Lowden (see Lowden tab below) Station Hill Baptist Church
Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel, Chapel Lane (Old Baptist Chapel) Tabernacle United Reform Church  

Baptist Church (Station Hill)

The church was built on Station Hill in 1855.  It is possible that the congregation originally met in a member's home on River Street (originally called Back Lane) after obtaining a Dissenters Licence some years earlier.  No transcriptions available at present.  Station Hill Baptist images


Admissions Roll 1897-1909

Primitive Methodist Church (Causeway)

The Primitive Methodist church in the Causeway opened in 1832 in the old Quaker building which the Methodists purchased from the Quakers. The church closed for public worship in the latter part of the 20th century. The congregation, combined with that of the church in Monkton Hill, became the Central Methodist Church.   Primitive Methodist Church (Causeway) images

Church Documents

Church Ministers 1832-1932               Primitive Methodist Circuit Plan 1885               Primitive Methodist Circuit Plan 1890

Church Register Transcripts

1842-1863          1863-1889         1890-1910

People and Parish Notables

Family Notices 1850-1899

Salvation Army

No information or transcriptions available at present.   Salvation Army images

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

The old St. Mary's Church opened on 22nd August 1855 in St. Mary's Place. Only 10 Catholics were recorded as residing in Chippenham during 1855; the town council allocated £10 towards the building of the church.  There is a possibility that the Kings of Portugal & Spain attended Mass in the church between 1904 and 1905 when staying at Bowood House , St. Mary's being the nearest Roman Catholic church at that time. The present St. Mary's, also on Station Hill, opened on 29th February 1936.   St. Mary's church images

Church Register Transcripts








Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel (Chapel Lane)

Commissioned as a chapel in 1810.  No further historical information available at present.  The IGI batch number is C093121.  Strict & Particular Baptist Chapel images

Chapel Register Transcripts
Adult Baptisms




Membership Roll


Tabernacle United Reform Church

No historical information available at present.  Tabernacle United Reform church images

Church Register Transcriptions






Admission Rolls

1869-1874          1877-1899          1900-1910                  

People and Parish Notables

Family Notices 1850-1899

People and Parish Notables

Chippenham People Gallery


Swindon Tram Disaster 1906                    Storm Fatality 2014

Associations, Clubs, Societies & Sport

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871 Book Club 1839 Associations, Clubs & Sports News 1850-1899
St. John Ambulance Fete & Prize Giving 1950                           Trowbridge Provident Society Success 1789    


Bankruptcy Reports 1850-1899


Golden Wedding Celebrated 1937

Census Returns 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 Voting Lists Revisions 1843
Conservative Election Candidates 1850-1899 MP Nominations 2015 MP Nominations 2017  


Hunt Ball 1929

Family Notices 

1750-1799          1800-1849          1850-1899           1900-1949          1900-1949 (Lackham)           1950-1999         2000 - Present           

General People Items

People News Items 1850-1899                   Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863                   Parishioners Mentioned in Kilvert's Diary 1870-1879                   People News Items 1900-1949

Inquest Reports

Mary Ann Salter 1883                   Train Driver Witnessed Suicide 1928                   Box Schoolteacher Takes Own Life by Poison 1939


Charles Howse 1896                 Alfred Waller 1896

Parish Notables

Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Railway Engineer and Designer Eddie Cochran - American Singer, Songwriter and Musician Florence Hancock - Trade Unionist 
Sir Robert Peel - British Prime Minister and MP for Chippenham 1812-1817, 1788-1850    
Awdry Family

Miss West Awdry of Monkton 1930

Eddie Cochran

Death and legacy 1960

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

Ruth Ranger was formerly OPC for Chippenham and several other parishes around the Chippenham area.  Sadly for us Ruth had some health issues and was unable to continue as OPC for several parishes around Chippenham.  Her efforts are sorely missed but happily her work continues by other submitters.  To learn more about Ruth and her family connections please read the article, Snapshot of Life in Chippenham 


Cricket Match - Chippenham v Corsham 1870           Cricket Match - Chippenham C.C. v Waterford Cloth Mills C.C. 1874          Pigeon Racing Annual Awards 1956


Tax Lists 1332 (Borough)                   Knights Compositions 1628


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Workhouse Crime 1835-1850                 Poor Law, Charity & Workhouse News 1850-1899               Adult Paupers in Union Workhouse 1861



Probate Index (WSHC)               Probate Notices 1800-1849               National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Thomas Hawkins 1640           William Melsham 1640           Richard Westfield 1625               

Parishioners Wills                       

Jemima Allner Proved 1853          Ambrose Awdry Proved 1749           William Farr 1743           Charles Russ Proved 1737


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery                   Visit the various war memorials around the town         

Why the Poppy Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828 John Ballinger Crimean Soldier 1831-1854
Death of Lieutenant Lewis Bradford 1870 Military News 1900-1949 Wiltshire Regiment Wounded List July 1917
Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911 Soccer Ball Request for the Front 1914-1918 Territorials at Delhi 1914-1918
WWII Civilian Deaths 1939-1945    

Awards, Medals and Presentations

Victoria Cross Recipient George Strong 1857                   Presentation of a Watch to Sergeant Samuel Cox 1860                    DCM Awarded to CQMS J. Dyke 1914-1918


British Red Cross/Voluntary Aid Detachment

V.A.D. & Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1918

Nellie Armour 1917-1919 Elsie Ball 1917-1919  Lucy Ann Blanchard 1915-1919  Agnes Bryant 1915-1919  Isabella Emily Cotes 1916-1919 
Ethel Davis 1916-1918  Mabel Davis 1916  Mary Davis 1916-1919  Sophia Jane Dolman 1916-1919  Mary Duck 1916-1919 
Nellie Fennell 1916-1919  Emmie Finn 1916-1917  Louisa Annie Grimshaw 1919-1919  Lucie Golez 1916-1919 Basil Hankey 1914-1919 
Kathleen Highmore 1917-1919
Kate Hinton 1915-1917 Olive May Holland 1916-1919 Elizabeth Hulbert 1914-1916  Bessie Humphries 1916-1919


Casualties of WWI, WWII & Other Conflicts

This project is a collaboration of the efforts of John Belcher, Ruth Ranger and Teresa Lewis. Much of the credit has to go to John whose research and expertise has been invaluable. The lists below give short biographies of the men and women from the Chippenham area who made the ultimate sacrifice during both world wars. John actively campaigns to ensure that those who gave their lives are not forgotten and he has petitioned the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on several occasions in an attempt to get those that have not yet been acknowledged as victims of war accepted as such and that their graves be adopted by the Commission for upkeep and maintenance and in some cases to have a stone erected at their resting place. John has kindly allowed us access to his own website along with supplying us with his notes containing his very in depth research. Many images of the fallen are also available on his web site.  Additional information for casualties of WWII has been kindly added by Nick Selby via his website Chippenham 1939-1945.  We are very grateful to all contributors.

Contributing Further to the Project

Do you know the location of war memorial plaques in the Chippenham area?  Do you have a photograph of someone listed in the Roll of Honour that you would share with us? If you would like to contribute information or photographs,please email Ruth Ranger via the contact us link on the home page or contact Teresa Lewis (Administrator).  Thank you.

The Fallen
Roll of Honour A - Z Other Conflicts Roll of Honour A - F  1914-1918  Roll of Honour G - J  1914-1918
Roll of  Honour K - O 1914-1918 Roll of Honour P - S 1914-1918 Roll of Honour T - Z 1914-1918
Roll of Honour A - F  1939-1945 Roll of Honour G - J  1939-1945 Roll of Honour K - O 1939-1945
Roll of Honour P - S 1939-1945 Roll of Honour T - Z 1939-1945  

William Alfred Baston 1940

War Memorials and Remembrance Books

Calne & District Casualty Lists WWI


Home Guards 1940-1944           Home Guards 1940-1944 (Without)

Newspaper Reports

Death of Captain Reginald Theodore Arthur Couzens 1943

Muster Rolls

Muster Roll 1539 (Borough)                  Muster Roll 1539 (Foghamshire)                     Muster Roll 1539 (Liberty of the Earl of Hertford)

Royal Navy

Deserters in Australian Newspapers 1866-1874 

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