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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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
The incumbent of All Saints Church is the Reverend Canon David Henley, Team Rector, The Rectory, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, SP5 5DS
Parish Register Transcripts
Miscellaneous Register Items
Parish Registers held at WSHC
Baptisms 1538-1979 (From 1653-1670 a birth register is included)
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
1837 - April 1936 Wilton Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District
Buildings and Land
Land and Building News
Summer Hailstorm of 1785 & Damage Caused 1853
Crime and Legal Matters
Emigration and Migration
From Wiltshire to Wales by Ray Palmer
Employment and Business
Agriculture and Land
Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish.
Wiltshire Society Apprentices
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
People and Parish Notables
Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies
Census Returrns Transcript
Elections and Polls
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.
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
Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse
The workhouse for the parish of Broad Chalke was situated in Wilton
Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held
War, Conflict and Military Matters