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Blackland - OPC Vacancy

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Blackland Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bishops Cannings - Calne - Calstone Wellington - Cherhill - Heddington


Websites of Interest

British History Online - For historical information about Blackland
Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of St Peter's Church and churchyard
GenUKI - For information on Blackland
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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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 is Calne Without
Wiltshire Soldiers - Information on Wiltshire Soldiers in the Great War


The Parish Church of St. Peter

St. Peters Church Gallery          St. Peters Churchyard

Patrons of St. Peter's 1191-Present Curates List 1567-1990 Incumbents List 1567-1997
Church Wardens 1663-1963 Officiating Ministers 1774-1980 Petition for Faculty to Restore St Peter's Church 1858
Other Parish Officers 1867-1978 Extracts from the Parish Church Book 1869-1949 Church Improvement Fund Accounts 1903-1913
Documents concerning the Refit of St Peter's Church 1907 Faculty to Restore St Peter's Church 1907 PCC Members 1922-1948

Parish Register Transcripts


1761-1812          1813-1938 


1594-1836          1837-1938


1769-1812         1813-1990        

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1761-1992
Marriages 1757-1991
Burials 1769-1992

Other Resources


Parish History

Situated 2km SE of the centre of Calne and 10km ESE of Chippenham with the River Marden flowing NW through it, Blackland is a small, rural community in North Wiltshire. Sited on the greensand and gault clay and extending east to the western edge of the Marlborough Downs, settlement is sparse and dispersed. It includes St Peter’s Church, Blackland House, Blackland Mill, Blackland Farm and Park Farm, together with a number of cottages along Blackland Street and at Theobald’s Green. Much of the land is still used for arable farming and pasture.

Historically, Blackland is closely linked to Calne and the neighbouring hamlet of Calstone Wellington to the South East. In or before the 10th Century the area was part of the land of Calstone, which may have been Calne's east tun, and probably part of the king's large estate of Calne. By the late 12th Century a church and manor house had been built in ‘the black land of Calstone’, North West of the Calstone hamlet. The church, the manor house, a farm and a mill all took the Blackland name.

Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land

Blackland Manor 1194 - Present Occupants of Blackland Farm from 1841-1911 Census Data Tithe Awards 1845
Owners of Land 1873    


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811


Crime and Legal Matters

Quarter Sessions Appearance

James Bailey 1883



Post Office 1855               Post Office 1875            Swindon & District Year Book 1928                Kellys 1931         




Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871                Postcard to Cicely Lock 1913

Census Returns Transcripts

Census (Tything) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881      
Census (Parish) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911

A note added at the end of the 1861 Census return for Blackland Tything reads: “In recent times (Blackland Tything) is also in Calstone Wellington and Blackland (proper). There is much uncertainty about the District/ Area of the people, as the exact distinction between Calstone and Blackland in Calne and Calstone Wellington and Blackland Parishes is unknown to persons generally.” John Ladd, Registrar. From 1841 until 1890, census data for Blackland was recorded in two parts: a) the Parish of Blackland and b) the Tything of Blackland in the Parish of Calne. In 1890 Blackland and Blackland Tything became parts of the newly created Parish of Calne Without, with all Blackland census records now listed together.

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 and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818           Voters List 1832             Voters Lists Revisions 1843

Parish Notables

Actor David Hemmings (1941 - 2003) is buried in the churchyard of St. Peters Church.  The grave is marked with a simple headstone which can be viewed in the St. Peters Churchyard Gallery

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts- These items were donated by Ken Tuck and contains entries that may or may not relate to the Tuck family however they have been published as such.  Many references to Quaker entries may be found from across the county.


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Overseers of the Poor 1795-1889               Poor Rate Book 1795-1835



Probate Index 1874


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Graves Gallery

Why the Poppy                  Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                Calne & District Casualty Lists WWI                 St. Peter Roll of Honour WWI

Church Memorial Plaques

Harry Stanley & Sidney Miles Toppin 1914 & 1917

Royal Navy

Deserters in Ajavascript:;ustralian Newspapers 1885



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