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Broad Blunsdon - OPC Vacancy

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Broad Blunsdon Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Blunsdon St. Andrew - Castle Eaton - Cricklade - Eisey - Hannington - Stanton Fitzwarren - Stratton St. Margaret

Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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

The Parish Church of St. Leonard

Church Gallery

Parish Registers

Please note that the transcripts below may be incomplete or have missing entries and gaps




Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1679-1956
Marriages 1685-1996
Burials 1680-1990
Bishops Transcripts 1840-1859 held at Bristol Record Office
NB Transcriptions of Highworth parish registers include BMD's for people living in Broad Blunsdon.


Parish History

Broad Blunsdon, historically a Chapelry in Highworth, is 5 miles north of Swindon.  The parish is also known as Blunsdon St. Leonard

Civil Registration

1837 - 1898 Highworth Registration District
1898 - Present Swindon Registration District


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Survey Map 1816          Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1816

Public Houses

Beerex Festival 1976


Crime and Legal Matters

Parishioners Eligible to Serve as Jurors 1771                 Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879                Crime Reports 1850-1899



Post Office 1855        Kellys 1867        Post Office 1875        Swindon & District 1951




Emigration and Migration

Parish Strays


Employment and Business

Community Services


Death of PC Andrew Hancock 1875

Trades Unions 


Herbert William Adams 1913 


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871

Census Returns Transcripts



Childrens Corner Evening Advertiser 1948

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 Voting Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818

Family Notices 

1800-1849        1850-1899           1900-1999

General People Items

Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

 Donation of Sheep to the Poor 1839


National Probate Index 1858-1966        Beneficiaries to Estate Sought 1894

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Inquisition of Thomas Phillipps 1628

Parishioners Wills

Will Extract of Christopher Dugdale 1706                Robert Strainge Proved 1822


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorial & Military Photo Gallery

Why the Poppy        Soldiers Who Died in WWI Named in Calne & District Casualty Lists        Roll of Honour Plaque



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