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Bishops Cannings Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

All Cannings - Avebury - Blackland - Bromham - Calstone Wellington - Cherhill - Devizes St. John - Devizes St. Mary - Heddington - Rowde - Southbroom



GenUKI - For information Bishops Cannings
Roll-of-Honour - Dedicated to the men and women of the parish who fell fighting for their country
United Benefice - Churches of Bishops Cannings, Etchilhampton & All Cannings
Wikipedia - For Bishops Cannings
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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Register of One Place Studies - Links back to the OPC site listing what resources can be found amongst our pages


The Parish Church of St. Mary The Virgin

At the western end of the Vale of Pewsey stands one of Wiltshire's most distinguished churches, St. Mary the Virgin at Bishops Cannings,built by the Bishops of Old Sarum towards the end of that city's life. A large cruciform building surmounted by a spire, most of the building is of twelfth/thirteenth century date with a broad nave, a sturdy crossing, wide transepts and a vaulted chancel. The transepts were designed to lead to eastern chapels.  An unusual item of furniture is the penitential seat ornamented with curious painting.          Church Gallery          Inside St. Mary's

Bells and Bellringers

A Peal of Bells 1890           Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers Meeting 1915         

Church Charities and Legacies

Recipients of George Ruddle's Legacy 1740

Incumbents and Church Officials

Incumbents List 1290 - Present          Churchwardens 1592-1669            Officiating Clergymen 1746-1812             

Parish Register Transcripts

Interesting Entries in the Parish Registers


1591-1620        1621-1640        1641-1660         1661-1680         1681-1700         1701-1720          1721-1740        1741-1760        1761-1780         1781-1800        1801-1812 




1591-1650           1651-1700           1701-1730           1731-1780            1781-1812


1591-1630            1631-1660           1661-1690            1691-1720           1721-1750           1751-1780            1781-1811        

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1591-1928
Marriages 1591-1973
Burials 1591-1882

Other Resources


Parish History

Bishops Cannings which is also known as Cannings Episcopi includes the tythings of Bourton, Coate, Easton and Horton. It formerly covered the chapelries of Chittoe and Southbroom St. James which are now stand alone parishes. It also contains the hamlets of Bedborough and Nursteed. It also covers the area of Devizes known as Roundway.

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Devizes Registration District


Buildings and Land

Inclosure Awards

Inclosure Award Extract 1812-1813               

Land Owners

Owners of Land 1873           Owners of Land 1873 (Bourton)

Property Sales

Property Sale by Auction 1794            


Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Crime

Illegal Cock Fighting 1921


Beerhouse Keeper Savagely Beaten 1841 (Nursteed)          Assault on Sister 1874           


Bastardy Examinations 1853-1878          Bastardy Examinations 1866 (Bourton)

Civil Matters

Action For Slander 1866 (Bourton)

Crime Reports

1700-1799            1850-1899

Firearm Crime

Mr. Lyne Shot at Whilst in Bed 1830 (Nursteed)


Transportation of Prisoners 1827

Vehicle and Highway Crime

Fined for Toll Evasion 1846 (Nursteed)



Post Office 1855          Post Office 1875          Gllmans 1899          Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807


Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish

Thomas Allen 1756           William Baley 1743            Samuel Thurgood Bartlett 1747

Wiltshire Society Apprentices

William Hutchins 1838                 Charles Henry Smith 1912


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969

Markets and Fairs

St. Anne's Hill Fair 1823 (Nursteed)


Miscellaneous Documents 


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Quaker Burials at Gallows Ditch 1678-1681


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations & Societies

Bishops Cannings Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871 Wilts Friendly Society Annual Festival 1847    
Bedborough Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871      
Bourton Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871      


Bankruptcy Reports

George Hitchcock Blake 1932-1935

Census Returns Transcripts


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            Coroners Bills 1752-1796 (Bedborough)           Coroners Bills 1752-1796 (Bourton)           Coroners Bills 1752-1796 (Wick)

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Bishops Cannings Poll of Freeholders 1772 Poll Book 1818 Voters List 1832  Voters Lists Revisions 1843
Bedborough Poll of Freeholders 1772 Poll Book 1818    
Bourton Poll Book 1818 Voters List 1832    
Nursteed Poll of Freeholders 1772 Poll Book 1818    
Wick Poll Book 1818      


Council Elections                                      

County Council Election Notice 1925       

MP Nominations   

MP Nominations 2015                      

Family Notices

1800-1849          1850-1899 (Bourton)

Parish Notables

Ira Gandy, Writer, 1885-1977                 James Pound - Clergyman, Doctor of Medicine, Naturalist and Astronomer - 1666-1724

Personal Research Items

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 refer to Quaker burials found across the county

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts          Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts (Bourton)          Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts (Nursteed)


Cricket Match Bishops Cannings v Heddington 1890


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653  


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Poor Commission Election 1837               Poor Law Cottages for Sale by Auction 1837                Poor Law Union Bread & Flour Tenders 1838



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Griffin Nicholas 1635         Michael Drew 1633

Parishioners Wills

Alice Vivash 1587           Joseph Waterman (alias Watts) 1675 (Nuncupative) (Bedborough)        Margaret Pope proved 1586 (Bourton)         Thomas Pope proved 1611 (Bourton)

Probate Indexes

National Probate Index 1858-1966 (Bedborough)


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery   

Boer War

War Memorial in St. Mary's 1900-1902          

General Items      

Why the Poppy                   Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911


Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                  Bell Ringers Memorial Book WWI, St. Paul's Cathedral Library, London                  Calne & District Casualty Lists WWI                 War Memorial 1914-1918





Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873

Wilts County Asylum/Roundway Hospital

Admissions 1851-1995

Archaeological Finds

Iron Coffin Excavated 1841


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849 Joseph Plank - Deserter, Burglar & Poacher 1828 Theft of Wood Charges 1838
Rat Catcher or Poacher 1841 Case of the Three Dead Pigeons 1847  Vagrancy at Roundway 1849
Criminal Lunacy Warrant for Charles Chambers 1883    

Employment and Business

William Read Business Advertisement 1847


People and Parish Notables

People News 1700-1799 Devizes Green Fair 1765 Poll of Freeholders 1772
Family Notices 1800-1849 Bankruptcy Notices of William Crook 1830  

Inquest Reports

E. F. Colston 1847          Charles Curtis 1881



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Parishioners Wills

John Lewis proved 1712          William Lewis proved 1732


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Battle of Roundway 1643 (Overview)          Entertainment at Roundway Park 1874


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