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Biddestone Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Chippenham - Colerne - Corsham - Ditteridge - Yatton Keynell



GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Biddestone
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies 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 St. Nicholas

Church Gallery                Church Interior

The church is Norman with several original windows.  Its most interesting feature is the bell turret over the chancel arch, a 13th century structure perched with considerable skill on the gable and capped by a stone spirelet;  inside there are Georgian pews, a Norman font and a gallery at the west end of the nave.

It has been suggested that a gallery in the church was used to accomodate the congregation of Slaughterford whilst their own church was under repair.  The gallery would have been accessed via its own entrance thus keeping the two congregations completely separate.

The following records have been provided by Lynne and Paul Powell
St. Nicholas Churchyard Memorials                Memorial Stones in St. Nicholas Churchyard

Parish Registers

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


1688-1699          1700-1749           1750-1799          1800-1824           1825-1849          1850-1874          1875-1899          1900-1924


Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1688-1965
Marriages 1688-2001
Burials 1688-1911

Other Resources


Parish History

Biddestone or Bidstone is west of Chippenham.  The parish includes the village of Giddeahall

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Buildings and Land

Samuel Attwood - Conveyance of Land 1859          Sale of Property 1871          Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814

Biddestone Cemetery

The Cemetery was opened in 1915

The following records have been provided by Lynne and Paul Powell
Biddestone Cemetery Memorials         Memorial Stones in Biddestone Cemetery

The Whitehorse Inn

Reputed to be a monks retreat house, dating from the 16th century, closely associated with the 12th century church and manor house, which was originally a monastery.  The porchway is unusual, and the mullioned windows and Cotswold Stone fireplace are original.  One of the bars is decorated with a collection of horse brasses and hunting horns, and the village is famous for its fine duck pond, the ducks being the property of the present landlord.


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports


Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Nicholas Barret v Burnel



Post Office 1855          Post Office 1875          Kellys 1915          Swindon & District 1928



Education Gallery

Average School Attendance & Government Grant 1871-1885               Class of 1938


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

Edward Bond 1711           John Bond 1712           Joseph Bond 1717


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Ebenezer Chapel

Ebenezer Chapel Gallery


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Knight Compositions 1628                 Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871               Family Notices 1850-1899         

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861          1871          1881          1891          1901          1911

Coroners Bills

Coroners Bills 1752-1796                   Coroner Bills 1752-1796 (St. Nicholas)

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818           Voters List 1832          Voting Lists Revisions 1843              MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts           Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts (Giddeahall)          These item was 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


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Unknown Charity Benefactor 1884



Probate Index 1601-1880 (WSHC)               National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Inquisition of Richard Westfield 1625               Richard Blanchard 1631


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorial & Military Photo Gallery

Why the Poppy Military Graves in St. Nicholas Churchyard WWI Military Exemption Tribunals
St. Nicholas Church Roll of Honour WWI Biddestone War Memorial  

British Red Cross/Voluntary Aid Detachments WWI

Elizabeth Baker 1916-1918 Anne Beazer 1916-1919 Rosa Beazer 1916-1919 Sarah Jane Benzer 1918-1919
Mary Brazer 1916-1919  Lady Frances Briggs 1916-1919  Anne Brookes 1616-1919 Mary Coates 1916-1919
Edith Cullimore 1918-1919 Mary Elliott 1916-1919 Annie Gorton 1916-1919  Kate Haddrall 1916-1919
May Haddrall 1917-1919 Bella Hand 1918-1919 Olive May Holland 1916-1919 Maria Hulbert 1916-1919


Home Guards 1940-1944




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