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Buttermere - OPC Vacancy

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Buttermere - St. James The Great Buttermere - St. James The Great Courtesy of Neil MacDougall

Buttermere Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Combe (HAM) - Ham - Linkholt (HAM) - Shalbourne - Tidcombe - Vernhams Dean (HAM)


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Buttermere
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories


The Parish Church of St. James the Great

Is apparently the highest and one of the most remote churches in Wiltshire, and is also one of England's 100 smallest churches, with about only thirty parishioners.  However they care about this pretty stone built church and churchyard and have completely restored the church in 1991.  In springtime the churchyard is covered with patches of snowdrops giving the church a wintery appearance.

Church News 1800-1899

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1720-1952 (possible gaps)
Marriages 1720-1950
Burials 1720-1967


Parish History

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1937 Hungerford Registration District
April 1937 - Present Marlborough Registration District


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873 


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1809


Crime and Legal Matters



Post Office 1855               Post Office 1875                Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

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 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, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Voters List 1832          Poll Book 1865 

Local Families

Descendants of Thomas Strange c1730


Poor Law, Charity  and The Workhouse



National Probate Index 1858-1966


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Why the Poppy                    Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918



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