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Castle Eaton - St Mary The Virgin Castle Eaton - St Mary The Virgin Image courtesy of Nick Temple-Fry

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Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Broad Blunsdon - Eisey - Hannington - Kempsford (GLS) - Marston Meysey


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Castle Eaton
University of Leicester's - Website has historical Wiltshire directories free to view
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
A Vision of Britain Through Time - Historical Information for Castle Eaton


The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin

In the shadow of the great tower of Cricklade stands the church of St. Mary the Virgin. It has two 12th century doorways to its nave, at the west end of which is a humble tower. Over the chancel arch is perched a splendid sanctus-bell turret with a spirelet, the church's most notable feature of interest, which is enhanced by the fact of it contains a 14th century sanctus bell.

Church Matters 1800-1849 Tithes Dispute 1830 Tithes Dispute 1833
Annual Revel Church Sermon 1843 Treats at the Vicarage 1844 Church Matters 1850-1899
Obituary of Rev. John Sharpe 1860 Glebe Land Sale 1867 Obituary of Rev. W. Grant Luckham 1898
Marriage of Rev. Charles Luckham 1899 Church Matters 1900-1949  

Parish Register Transcripts


1549-1599          1600-1699          1700-1799           1800-1849   

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1549-1970
Marriages 1549-1837
Burials 1549-1994


Parish History

The parish includes the tything of Lushill

Civil Registration

1837 - 1898 Highworth Registration District
1898 - Present Swindon Registration District


Buildings and Land

Property Sale 1832 Fire on Farm 1858 Ferocious Fire 1866
Owners of Land 1873 Farm Sales and Stock 1925 River Thames Pollution 1934


Ordnance Survey Map 1816                   


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849 Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879 Crime Reports 1850-1899
Licensing Reports 1850-1899 Sheep Stealing Charge 1854  
Crime Reports 1900-1949 Teacher Faces Indecency Charges 1902 Theft Charges 1903
False Old Age Pension Claim 1909 Crime Reports 1950-1999  



Post Office 1855          Post Office 1875          Kellys 1915          Swindon & District 1928



School & Education News 1850-1899


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index               Emigration, Migration & Travel News 1850-1899


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gaming Certificates 1805-1815


Wiltshire Society Apprentices 

John Thorne 1821

Blacksmith and Farriers

Joseph Ricketts, Farrier 1825

General Employment Items

Employment & Business News 1800-1849           Employment & Business News 1850-1899

Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables 

Associations, Clubs, Organisations, Societies and Sports

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871                   Cricket Match 1910


John Edward Carter 1884

Census Returns Transcripts

1841         1851         1861            

Coroner Bills & Inquest Reports

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 of 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


Decree - Bolton v Bolton & Page 1861

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818           Voters List 1832            Voters Lists Revisions 1843                Poll Book 1868                 Electoral Lists Revision Court 1902

Family Notices

1800-1849                 1850-1899                 1900-1949

General Items

People News 1800-1849                  People News 1850-1899                   Remarkable Wiltshire Widows 1904                   Longevity 1905-1914

Inquest Reports

Inquest Reports 1800-1849 Bernard Bowman 1846 Inquest Reports 1850-1899
John Tichenor 1851 Sophia King 1852 Ada Winfield 1942


George Kibblewhite 1929                  M. L. Archer 1948

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

Wedding Reports

C. Stratford & E. Burgoyne 1907


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Medical Relief 1837               Swindon & Highworth Union Supplies 1838               Poor Law Union Supplies 1847                Dismissal of Surgeon 1861                  Public Assistance Administration 1948



National Probate Index 1858-1966 Probate Notice on the Estate of Susannah Carter 1885 Probate Notice on the Estate of John Hampson Jones 1892
Beneficiaries to Estate Sought 1894 Probate Report of George Morgan 1906  


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Why the Poppy                 Soldiers Who Died in WWI Named in Calne & District Casualty Lists                   Military Medal Award to Pte. Beasley 1918                Fairford Salute the Soldier Week 1944          





Crime and Legal Matters

Parishioners Eligible to Serve as Jurors 1771


People and Parish Notables


Bankruptcy of Richard Pamer 1864

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists 

Poll Book 1818


George Ponting Cullum 1856         



Inquisitions of Lands Held

Virgil Parker 1634     


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