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Sunday, 05 February 2012 21:19

Bremilham (Cowage) - OPC Vacancy

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Bremilham Church Bremilham Church Image ©Copyright Robin Somes; licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence

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Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Brokenborough - Foxley - Westport St. Mary



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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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

This unique little church, built in the 1880's, is set in the centre of the farmyard at Cowage Farm, Bremilham.  Services are held there just once a year on Rogation day. The church itself has just one pew to seat 4 people and standing room for just 6 more.  There is no altar and the church is currently listed in the Guiness Book of Records as being the smallest church in Britain to hold services.  Between 50-100 people gather outside the church at Rogationtide to listen to the service being conducted inside. The church had been used to house livestock until the new owners of Cowage Farm had it reblessed and services recommenced.  It is advisable to consult parish registers for neighbouring parishes if unable to find what you are looking for in the Bremilham registers.  These would also include those of Foxley, Highway and Norton Coleparle.

Parish Register Transcripts







Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1813-1992
Marriages 1813-1874
Burials 1815-1904
Bishops Transcripts 1847-1860 held at Bristol Record Office


Parish History

Bremilham is also known as Cowage or Cowich.  On modern maps it appears as Cowage Farm or in some cases not at all.  In 1831 the parish population was recorded at just 33 people rising to 46 by 1851.

Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814


Crime and Legal Matters



Post Office 1855               Post Office 1875                 Kellys 1915                 Taylors 1941




Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business


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

1841         1851

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Voters List 1832             Voters Lists Revisions 1843                  MP Nominations 2015

Family Notices



Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Tenders for Medical Service 1837          Election of Guardians 1837           Election of Guardians 1839          Election of Guardians 1844



Probate Index 1641-1877          Will of John Godwin proved 1761


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Why the Poppy



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