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Castle Combe - The OPC is Sue Stenning

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Castle Combe Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Grittleton - Hullavington - Leigh Delamere - Littleton Drew - Nettleton - North Wraxall - Yatton Keynell


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Castle Combe
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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
Castle Combe Community Website - Information about the village and its amenities
Vision of Britain - Historical Information about Castle Combe


The Parish Church of St. Andrew

Above the cottages of the much admired village of Castle Combe and in the shadow of its Castle Hill rises the tall tower of its church. The capitals of the pillars are carved; eastwards is an elaborate chancel embellished with statuettes in niches. There is a 15th century pulpit and a chapel screen of the same date.  A 14th century castellan lies cross legged on his tomb surrounded by mourners.     

St. Andrew Church Gallery          St. Andrew Interior          St. Andrew Churchyard           Churchyard Survey

Incumbents of St. Andrews 1886-1965

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1653-1857
Marriages 1653-2005
Burials 1653-1888
BTs 1846-1892 held at Bristol Record Office


Parish History

The village of Castle Combe has been dubbed 'the Prettiest Village in England'. The village has often been used by film crews to portray the quintessential English Village. The By Brook was amazingly turned into the seafront becoming Puddleby-on-the-Marsh in the 1966 adaptation of Doctor Dolittle and other prominent buildings in the village were used as the jail and the doctors house. Incidently the villagers were appalled at the noise and disruption and one was even intercepted carrying sticks of dynamite intent on blowing up the film set!! Most recently the market place and the bridge over the By Brook featured in the blockbuster War Horse, the first being the location of the sale where Joey was first purchased and again when sold to the Army for war service and the bridge is where Albert says a tearful farewell to his beloved horse as it is led away by the military. Other films using Castle Combe as a location include Stardust and Wolf-Man.

Population Figures and other parish statistics               Parish News 1750-1799

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Buildings and Land

Property Related Newspaper Items 1800-1849                    Public Auction 1867                    Sale of Property 1871               Owners of Land 1873


Cattle Plague Regulations 1867

Bybrook & Bridge



Castle Hotel


Manor House & Hotel


The Manor House has evolved over many years.  It was first built on the grounds of a Norman Castle.  Notable residents include Sir John Oldcastle who is historically believed to be the model for the Shakespeares' character Falstaff.  Later in the 19th century it was the home of  George Poulet Scrope and wife Emma, whose family had owned the land since the 14th century.  During WWII the manor became the Headquarters of the New Zealand Forestry Division Officers.  In 1947 the house and gardens were sold and the manor became a country club.  Later the country club was sold to Bobbie Allen, a Lancashire lass who turned the manor into a an elite hotel.  The hotel is still a very desirable country retreat.    


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814

Market Cross


Public Houses

The White Hart


In what is recognised as the prettiest village in England, the inn is one of the centrepieces of this pageant of history, standing opposite the old wool market. The Ancient Britons had a dwelling here, the Romans a post station and, in the the ninth century, King Alfred drove the invading Danes through the village. A famous Lord of the Manor in the fifteenth century was Sir John Oldcastle, immortalized by Shakespeare as Falstaff. At this time the tavern was only allowed to open once a week, and gaming or idleness was forbidden. In the four ale bar may be seen the old wig cupboard, one end of this bar was straw-covered to keep the gentry's feet warm.


Crime and Legal Matters

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879

Quarter Sessions

Victims of Crime

Thomas Walter Isaacs 1875



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




A National School was founded here.

Average School Attendance & Government Grant 1871-1885                Class of 1936


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807         


Apprentices 1710-1811          Thomas Barrett 1722          John Beale 1719         James Bennet 1757    

Wiltshire Society Apprentices         

Henry Pitney 1867                 Charles Henry Edward White 1844


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969         


General Medical Council Registration 1859-1959


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


Census of Faith 1676

Baptist Chapel
Congregational Chapel

Independent Chapel

IGI Batch Numbers for Castle Combe Independent Chapel: C077661

A History of Castle Combe Independent Chapel               Baptisms 1795-1836                Baptisms 1837-1911               Membership Roll 1845-1920

Primitive Methodist Mission


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations & Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871                                            

 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 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

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


Inquest Reports 

Death of a Miser 1849

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - These items were 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 references to Quaker entries may be found from across the county.


Tax List 1332

Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Richard Grobham 1630                 Thomas Wilde 1642


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Muster Roll 1539            Calne & District Casualty Lists 1914-1918          Roll of Honour Plaque 1914             Castle Combe War Memorial         Why the Poppy


Home Guards 1940-1944


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