Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)
Broad Chalke - Ebbesbourne Wake - Fifield Bavant - Handley (DOR) - Martin - Pentridge (DOR) - West Woodyates (DOR)
Websites of Interest
Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of Holy Trinity Church
GenUKI - For information on Bowerchalke.
British History Online - An excellent article on Bowerchalke early history (Vol 13: South-west Wiltshire: Chalke & Dunworth Hundred)
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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 Holy Trinity
The incumbent of Holy Trinity Church is Reverend Canon David Henley, The Rectory, Broad Chalke, Salisbury SP5 5DS.
Parish Register Transcripts
Parish Registers held at WSHC
Bowerchalke is a rural parish in South West Wiltshire close to the county borders of Hampshire and Dorset. It lies within Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs, both designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The River Chalke, a classic chalk stream, rises in the village and joins the River Ebble at Broad Chalke, flowing into the Hampshire Avon south of Salisbury. The Bowerchalke Downs, known individually as Woodminton Down, Marleycombe Down and Knowle Down, are a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the species-rich chalk grassland.
Bowerchalke is recorded in the Doomsday Book as part of the manor of Chelke, which included the neighbouring village of Broad Chalke. During the reign of Henry VIII the area came into the ownership of the Earl of Pembroke, whose descendants continued in ownership until part of the family’s estates were sold off at the end of World War One. Reputedly Wiltshire's most haunted village, today the village is mainly residential, having seen the closure of its school, pub, Post Office and shop in recent years.
1837 - April 1936 Wilton Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District
Buildings and Land
Crime and Legal Matters
Emigration and Migration
Employment and Business
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
People and Parish Notables
Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies
Census Returns Transcripts
Elections and Polls
Iona Brown internationally renowned violinist, lived at Misselfore Cottage from 1968 until her death in 2004. In a BBC Radio interview she said that hearing the larks while walking on nearby Marleycombe Down was a central influence when playing her signature piece - Ralph Vaughan Williams’ "The Lark Ascending".
From 1878 until 1924 Reverend Edward Collett, known as the Father of the Farthing Press and long time Vicar of Bowerchalke wrote, printed and published a unique village newspaper documenting the social history of the village. In 2004 the papers were republished in a book by Bowerchalke resident Rex Sawyer as Collett's Farthing Newspaper: the Bowerchalke Village Newspaper 1878-1924. The family pedigree of the Reverend Collett. The Collett One-Name Study produces it own Newsletter.
William Golding Nobel Laureate & author of Lord of the Flies lived in the village in his middle years. He is buried at Holy Trinity Church.
Dr. James Lovelock, scientist & environmentalist and author of the Gaia Hypothesis (named by his friend and fellow resident William Golding) lived here in the 1960s & 70s.
British born, Canadian novelist and poet Marjorie L. C. Pickthall also stayed and wrote at Chalke Cottage around the time of the First World War.
First World War poet Siegfried Sassoon lived in the village for a while before moving to Heytesbury.
William Thick born in 1845 at Misselfore Green left the village in 1868 to join the Metropolitan Police. In 1888, by then based in London’s Whitechapel District, he was involved in the investigation of the notorious Whitechapel Murders. During the investigation Sergeant Thick himself was falsely named in letters as the likely murderer know as Jack the Ripper.
Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse
|John Gould alias Hawkins Proved 1658||Thomas Norris Proved 1810||Edward Heasell 1827|
|John Norris Proved 1827||Thomas Humby Proved 1841||Sally Norris Proved 1841|
War, Conflict and Military Matters
|Why the Poppy||Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918||Roll of Honour Plaque|
|Men Who Served 1914-1919||Flying Accident - F. C. Butler 1918|