Contiguous Parishes (Our Neighbours)
Barford St. Martin - Compton Chamberlayne - Dinton - Great Wishford - Little Langford
Genuki - Information about the parish
Fovant History Interest Group - Details of WWI military camps, British & Australian soldiers, etc
Map of Baverstock - Streetmap
Baverstock Manor Farmhouse - English Heritage/Images of England
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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 - Baverstock Entry
Old Maps - Historical Map archive showing Baverstock
The Parish Church of St. Ediths
Baverstock (Babba's settlement) church (St Edith of Wilton), in the decorated style, was well restored by Butterfield in 1883. In the porch is a holy water stoup; there is also an old circular font and three coffin slabs incised with crosses on the floor of the chancel. (Source: The Little Guide, published by Methuen, 1949)
"When I reflect how soon my loved ones may be expelled from this Paradise I regret I have made no effort to secure it for them."
St. Edith of Wilton, who died AD 984, is patron saint of Baverstock Church. In 1827 the building was described as being in "a wretched state" and underwent its first restoration, completed in 1834, with a second restoration later.
Church Memorial Plaques & Windows
|Powell Family 1709-1798||George Edwards 1818||Powell Family 1819-1951|
|Revd. R. H. Hitchens 1827||Rev. Charles Hare Earle 1839||John Henry Leech 1900|
|Lieut. Guy Robert Hextall Harding 1944 (Window)|
Parish Register Transcripts
Please note that the Baptisms, Marriage and Burial transcripts above may not be complete.
Parish Registers held at WSHC
The village of Baverstock is situated in the Cawdon and Cadworth Hundred of Wiltshire and lies in the Nadder Valley, some seven miles west of Salisbury. Travelling towards Dinton the visitor must turn right off the B3089, leaving behind both the railway and the river. Soon, the small church of St Editha appears on the right with the vicarage less conspicuous on the opposite side of the road. The lane carries on towards the fifteenth-century Baverstock Manor Farmhouse and through the farm itself before continuing to wind its way further northwards, until eventually it reaches the foot of the downs with Grovely Wood beyond.
With changes in agriculture, very few of the inhabitants now work on the land; and with no through traffic, the village is probably as quiet today as it has ever been. Ida Gandy, in her delightful book, "Staying with the Aunts", writes "….it was, and remains, very small, very obscure." Her grandfather, the Reverend William Hony, vicar of Baverstock and Archdeacon of Sarum, writing a brief review of his life in 1872, ends with the words,"It is all so beautiful". The inscriptions on the gravestones and memorials, some now difficult to read, commemorate the families that once lived and worked here, included among them Powell, Nowlson, Smith and of course, Hony. However, upon entering the churchyard gate, the visitor cannot fail to notice the long line of white military gravestones. Nearby Hurdcott House, lying south of the River Nadder, was taken over by the Australian army during the Great War, becoming more of a hospital than a training camp as the war progressed. The thirty two British and Australian war graves (3 from London Regiment & 29 from Australian Imperial Force) are testament to those who did not survive their injuries - or the influenza epidemic of 1918.
1837 - April 1936 Wilton Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District
Baverstock is located in the south of the Wiltshire county, about 11 kms (7 miles) west of Salisbury. Baverstock contains the manor of Hurdcott, a hamlet of a few houses to the south east of Baverstock. (See Hurdcott tab at bottom of page)
A History of Baverstock by W. H. Sumarez Smith, 1984 Staying with the Aunts by Ida Gandy, 1963
Buildings and Land
|UK Land Tax Redemption 1798||Notice of Petition for Inclosure 1808||Baverstock Rainfall & Moon's Western Almanac 1839-1868|
|Lightning hits Barn 1843||Antiquity Find 1846||Foot and Mouth Disease 1870|
|Stag Hunt 1871||Sale History of Yew Tree House 2002-2012|
Documents relating to Baverstock Farm & Smith Family (With Kind Permission of Christine Whipp)
|Letters of Administration of Elizabeth Smith 1839||Inventory & Valuation of Estate of Mr. H. Smith & Mr. James Macey 1879||Sale of Furniture & Household Effects of Mr. Smith 1880|
|Letters of Administration of Albert Smith 1921|
Grade I - Buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest:
There are no listings for this category
Grade II* - Buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest:
Grade II - Buildings are nationally important and of special interest:
|Cross Base in Churchyard of St. Edith||Fricker Monument in Churchyard of St. Edith||Milestone West of Junction with Baverstock Lane|
|Yew Tree Cottage|
Crime and Legal Matters
Burglary, Poaching & Thefts
Employment Related Crimes
|Post Office 1849||Post Office 1855||Post Office 1859||Harrods 1865||Kellys 1867|
|Post Office 1875||Kellys 1880||Kellys 1889||Kellys 1895||Kellys 1898|
|Kellys 1903||Kellys 1907||Kellys 1911||Kellys 1915||Kellys 1920|
|Kellys 1927||Kellys 1939|
Emigration and Migration
|John Pretty to Australia 1838||William Fletcher to Australia 1838||Advertisements for Free Passage to Australia 1838 & 1848|
|Assisted Passage to South Australia Advertisement 1874|
Employment and Business
Agriculture & Gamekeeping
Markets & Shows
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
People and Parish Notables
Census Returns Transcripts
Electoral Rolls, Poll Books & Tax Lists
John Lane's (previous OPC) Personal Interest in Baverstock include the following surnames:- Bracher - Goodfellow - Larkham - Macey - Nowlson - Willshire/Wiltshire. His Great Grandmother's sister, Sarah Futcher, married Herbert Smith of Baverstock Farm in 1842, at Fovant. If anyone wishes to contact John regarding any of the names listed please contact the administrator who will pass on any message.
Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse
Baverstock came under the jurisdiction of Wilton Poor Law Union, with the workhouse being located at Wilton. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, usually one representing a constituent parish. Overseers of the Poor was the previous term used but their roles were similar in that they administered poor relief such as money, food and clothing as part of the Poor Law system. Usually Churchwardens or Landowners were selected for these roles.
Grants and Letters of Administration
War, Conflict and Military Matters
For items relating to the Hurdcott Camp please see the Hurdcott Section below.
Commonwealth War Graves in St. Editha Churchyard
British Soldiers Biographies
Australian Soldiers Biographies
General Information For Australian Forces
Grateful thanks to previous OPC's John Lane and Cathy Sedgwick for their contribution to this page.