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Bemerton Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Fisherton Anger - Fugglestone St. Peter - Netherhampton - Salisbury - Stratford Sub Castle - West Harnham



GenUKI - For information on Bemerton and Fugglestone
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Friends of St. Andrews - Bemerton and George Herbert in Bemerton Group website
Bemerton Parish Website
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies 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.
Bemerton Local History Society - Historical Information


The Parish Churches of St. Andrew and St. John the Evangelist

St. Andrew (George Herbert's Church)

This dates from the 14th century although it is much restored. It is a very small church, of flint with ashlar dressings, having a nave, chancel and small south porch. The renowned poet and hymn writer, George Herbert, was ordained priest here in 1630 and carried out a restoration of the church. He was already suffering from consumption when he came to Bemerton and died in March 1633.   The church was also extensively repaired in 1776, 1866 (when the gallery was removed), and 1894-6, and little of the early building remains. A small bell turret was added between 1790 and 1800 and contains one bell. George Herbert's rectory is on the other side of a narrow road from the church. (source: Wiltshire Community History).

The 23rd Rector of Bemerton was Mr. George Herbert.  A high flying courtier, Cambridge academic, writer of the King's speeches and if accounts are to be believed, wearer of the finest fashions.  Herbert gave it all up and when he was 37 he came here for his first job. He died just 3 years later of consumption.   His legacy is threefold:  Firstly - he was a great priest, and he wrote one of the first "how to" guides for clergy, called "The Country Parson".  His life was celebrated by the biographer Isaac Walton (of Complete Angling fame) and he has been a pin-up of the clergy ever since.  Secondly - he was a poet and a songwriter. He used to play his lute at the window of his Rectory (opposite St.Andrews church) as well as playing with Salisbury Cathedral band. 5 of his hymns are still sung widely today. (And our group have commissioned music to others!)  Thirdly - he was a poet to rival Shakespeare, and is studied as such by students of English around the world.   The little church where he served his only time as priest and where he is buried in the sanctuary gets visitors from Japan, India, USA and everywhere else. [source: Bemerton Parish]               St. Andrews Church Gallery                Inside St. Andrew's                 George Herbert and Bemerton (Independent Website)

Bemerton Protestation Return 1641-1642

St. John the Evangelist

The church was built with the help of donations from George Herbert's admirers in America and the British Prime Minister, William Gladstone gave the lectern. The church, with a chancel, nave of three bays, two aisles, a south porch and a square north tower with a small steeple in one corner, was able to accommodate the increasing population that was proving too much for the small St. Andrew's church. The church was dedicated in 1860 and is in a Neo-Early English style. A lych gate was added as a memorial to parishioners killed in the First World War. [source: Wiltshire Community History]   In 1933 a stained glass window was added to the church which is now known as the West Window one of the character depicted in the window is that of George Herbert the other being Nicholas Ferrar who was executor of George Herbert's will and also the publisher of his poems.  A cross on the north wall of the church also commemorates George Herbert

St. Johns Church Gallery          St. John's Churchyard Gallery          St. John Churchyard Survey

Choir Outing 1883               Bazaar in Rectory Gardens 1884

Parish Register Transcripts



Marriages (including Fugglestone)



1671-1799         1800-1899         1900-1927              



Please note the burials above are incomplete and include St. Andrew and St. John and also some burials out of the parish where the funeral took place in Bemerton churches.  The marriages 1900-1927 are incomplete as many dates for some reason have not been transcribed - these will be updated as and when that information can be found.

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1657-1939
Marriages 1671-2006
Burials 1657-1950
With Fugglestone St. Peter prior to 1657 and from 1860 with St. John the Evangelist

Other Resources


Parish History

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Wilton Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Buildings and Land

Property Sales

Property Auction Sale 1780


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849               Obstructing Railway Charge 1870



Pigots 1830                Post Office 1875               Kellys 1915           Post Office Telephone 1940



Fete in he Park 1868


Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business

Runaway Apprentice 1801                Gamekeepers Certificates 1807


Miscellaneous Documents

Horse Had Lucky Escape 1757


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

St. Michaels and All Angels, Bemerton Heath

Bemerton Methodist Church


People and Parish Notables


Accidents 1800-1899          Man Killed by Lighning 1901  

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies            

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871               Clubs & Societies News 1950-1999      

Census Returns Transcripts

1841       1861       1871       

Elections, Polls & Voting Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818           MP Nominations 2017           

Parish Notables

William Coxe, Archdeacon of Wiltshire and historian Walter Curle, Bishop of Wiltshire George Herbert, Cleric and Poet 1593-1633 (see under St. Andrew's Church for further details)
John Morris, Metaphysician      



Falstone Day Book 1645-1653           


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse


The workhouse for the parish of Bemerton was situated in Wilton

Christmas in the Workhouse 1909



Probate Index 1726-1879 (WSHC)              National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Thomas Eyre 1629               George Irton 1629                Richard Grobham 1630                 William, Earl of Pembroke 1630                  Richard Irton 1639

Parishioners Wills

Robert Strugnell Proved 1639               Thomas Light Proved 1745               Catherine Palmer Proved 1747


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery          Bemerton War Memorial

Why the Poppy    

Boer War

Reservists Leave for the Front 1899


Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                 Roll of Honour Plaques - St. John's Lych Gate



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