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Broad Chalke - The OPC is Jane Dick

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Broad Chalke Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes

Bishopstone (Wilton) - Bowerchalke - Burcombe - Compton Chamberlain - Fifield Bavant - Fovant - Martin - Pentridge (DOR)


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of All Saints & United Reformed Church
GenUKI - For information on Broad Chalke
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Broad Chalke Village - Current village life, photographs and village history
Broad Chalke Parish Archives - Old documents, various transcriptions and history books
British History Online - An excellent article on the parish history, Vol 13: South-west Wiltshire: Chalke & Dunworth Hundreds
Old Maps - 1887 & 1901 Ordnance Survey maps.  Enter Broad Chalke in the place search
Gurd and Associated Families - One Name Study
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies 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.


The Parish Church of All Saints

All Saints Church Gallery           Church Interior           Churchyard Gallery

The incumbent of All Saints Church is the Reverend Canon David Henley, Team Rector, The Rectory, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, SP5 5DS

Incumbents List 1298-1994               Broade Chalke Protestation Return 1641-1642             Parishioner Donations To Belfry Restoration 1874


Churchyard Memorial Plot Map             Churchyard Memorial Survey

Parish Register Transcripts


1538-1599           1600-1630           1631-1660          1661-1780           1802-1807           1808-1812           1813-1818           1819-1839


1562-1649          1650-1780          1812-1837


1552-1615           1616-1670          1671-1710          1711-1780          1813-1840

Miscellaneous Register Items

Interesting Parish Register Entries 1653             

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1538-1979 (From 1653-1670 a birth register is included)
Marriages 1562-2006
Burials 1552-1866

Other Resources 


Parish History

Broad Chalke is a rural parish located in the Chalke Vale, six miles south west of Wilton and eight miles west of Salisbury. The village sits on the banks of the River Ebble, which feeds the watercress beds for which Broad Chalke is notable.  The parish includes the the neighbouring hamlets of Stoke Farthing and Knighton to the east and Little London, Gurston and Mount Sorrel to the west and is home to around 650 people.  Few are dependent on the land, as were most of the villagers up until the end of the 19th Century.  Broad Chalke remains a thriving village with its Anglican Church, United Reform Chapel, community policeman, doctor's surgery, school, pub, butcher, and part time Post Office, all functioning at the heart of the community.

Listed in Domesday Book as part of Chelche, the greater part of the Parish was granted to the nuns of Wilton Abbey in 955 by the Saxon King Eadwic. It remained with them until the Reformation when Henry VIII rewarded his staunch supporter the Earl of Pembroke with large tracts of land, including the Manors of the Chalke Vale. Broad Chalke remained in the ownership of the Earls of Pembroke until just after the First Word War when parts of the family estates were sold.  Read more about Broad Chalke.

The parish includes the hamlets of Knighton and Stoke Farthing

Jurisdictions and Population Figures         Parish News 1900-1949

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Wilton Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Buildings and Land                                                


County Agriculture Report 1847


Knoyle Farm

Sale Notice 1780

Land and Building News



Owners of Land 1873


Land For Sale 1805


Summer Hailstorm of 1785 & Damage Caused 1853


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Orders 1747-1849               Execution for Highway Robbery 1794                Committed to Fisherton Gaol 1800-1849               Crime Reports 1800-1849               Not Good Neighbours 1858



Post Office 1855          Post Office 1875          Post Office Telephone 1940




Emigration and Migration


From Wiltshire to Wales by Ray Palmer 

General Items

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807               Gamekeepers Certificates 1834


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 Aylesbury 1757          Robert Barfoot 1743          John Bennet 1755          Thomas Street 1719

Wiltshire Society Apprentices

James Crine 1833           Thomas Crine 1824           James Dixon 1823                    


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969   


General Medical Council Membership 1859-1959      


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


Congregational Chapel Gallery           Chapelyard Burial Ground

Chapelyard  Survey

Independent Church


People and Parish Notables

Golden Wedding - John and Betsy Leaver 1898

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871

Census Returrns Transcript

1841          1851           1861           1871          1881           1891          1901           1911

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Voters List 1832          Poll Book 1865           MP Nominations 2015          MP Nominations 2017                Poll Book 1818

Family Notices

Family Notices 1800-1849          Family Notices 1850-1899 

Inquest Reports  

Inquest Reports 1800-1849          Inquest Reports 1850-1899          John Lush 1868

Miscellaneous Items

Knight Compositions 1628                                                                              

Parish Notables

John Aubrey

17th Century diarist and antiquarian, author of Brief Lives and The Natural History of Wiltshire, occupied Chalke, now Manor Farm for a number of years from 1648.  Manor Farmhouse was the principle secular building in the Village.

Cecil Beaton

Photographer, film and theatre costume designer who resided at Reddish House in the parish after moving from Ashcombe House, Tollard Royal in 1945. Although not born in the county, Beaton made this his home to retreat from his hectic and somewhat flamboyant life.  His love of Wiltshire is portrayed in his biographical book "Ashcombe House - The Story of A Fifteen Year Lease".    When he purchased Reddish house he found the roof top had been converted into illegal cock or dog fighting arenas and pens; he converted them to store his famous fashion creations including those designed for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.  Cecil Beaton is buried at All Saints Church.  Reddish House was later occupied by the singer Toyah Wilcox.

John Beckinsau, Author                Maurice Henry Hewlett, Novelist, poet and essayist               Sir Terry Pratchett, Novelist               Toyah Wilcox, Singer and Actress


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653           


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

The workhouse for the parish of Broad Chalke was situated in Wilton

Wilton Union Guardians Appointed 1835          Guardians Dinner & Election of Guardians 1870



1860          1868          1870           1872


Christmas at the Workhouse 1909



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

William, Earl of Pembroke 1630

Parishioners Wills

John Penny, Snr. Proved 1635


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy              War Memorial Inscriptions WWI & WWII

Boer War


Francis William Young 1900


Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                 Casualty Biographies WWI


WWII Casualty Biographies



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