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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 05:58

Brokenborough - OPC Vacancy

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Brokenborough Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bremilham - Charlton (malmesbury) - Crudwell - Easton Grey - Foxley - Hankerton - Long Newnton - Shipton Moyne (GLS) - Westport St. Mary


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of St John the Baptist Church
GenUKI - For information relating to Brokenborough
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies 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 - Website for historical Wiltshire directories


The Parish Church of St. John The Baptist

Parish Register Transcripts



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1696-1909
Marriages 1718-1994 (May be gaps)
Burials 1697-1992
Bishops Transcripts 1837-1859 held at Bristol Record Office
Earlier entries may be found in either Malmesbury or Westport St. Mary parishes.


Parish History

In Saxon times the parish was known as Caerderberge

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Malmesbury Registration District
April 1936 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Buildings and Land

Manor Rent Survey 1602               Property Auction 1838               Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814


Crime and Legal Matters

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879



Post Office 1855                   Post Office 1875                   Kellys 1915                   Swindon & District 1928                  Taylors 1941



A small charity school was established in the parish


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807            Gamekeepers Certificates 1834


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Primitive Methodist Chapel


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts


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          Poll Book 1818         Voters List 1832          Voters Lists Revisions 1843           MP Nominations 2015          MP Nominations 2017       


Inquest Reports 1800-1899


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse


Offences Committed in the Workhouse 1835-1850    


Election of Guardians 1837           Election of Guardians 1839          Election of Guardians 1844          Nomination of Guardians 1886

Supplies & Tenders             

Tenders for Medical Service 1837      



Prior to 1858 Brokenborough fell under the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire for probate purposes.  The records are held at the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives.

Inquisitions Post Mortem

Richard Jeaine 1628          Adam Peddington als. Tuck 1628

Parishioners Wills

Elizabeth Pitt 1617


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy               Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1918                Roll of Honour Plaque WWII



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