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Baverstock Village Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (Our Neighbours)

Barford St. Martin - Compton Chamberlayne - Dinton - Great Wishford - Little Langford


Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
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.          

St. Ediths Church Gallery              Inside St. Ediths                       St. Ediths Churchyard Gallery                Churchyard Survey

Incumbents List 1550-1832 Baverstocke and Hurcott Protestation Return 1641/42 Church Appointments 1801-1868
Re-opening of Baverstock Church 1834 Gifts to Church from Mrs Penruddocke 1842 Church Collections for Charities 1848-1866 
Confirmations & Visitations 1849-1855 Abolition of Compulsory Church Rates 1869 Meeting for the Election of Synodsmen 1871
Church Matters 1900-1999    

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

Baptisms 1559-1992
Marriages 1561-1996
Burials 1561-1989

Other Resources


Parish History

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.               

Domesday Book Entry                Baverstock Parish Jurisdiction Changes 1842               Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England Entry 1845

Civil Registration

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)


Population Figures 1801-1931


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  Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land and Assessed Taxes 1842


Baverstock Farm

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    


Listed Buildings

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:

Baverstock Manor                 Church of St. Edith

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


Reward for Attack of Gamekeeper 1812


Burglary at the Rectory 1880             

Convictions (General)

Wilts Quarter Session 1728-1890                Committed to Devizes House of Correction 1815-1870                Committed to Fisherton Gaol 1845-1847                Fines Incurred for Crimes Committed 1850-1871

Employment Related Crimes

Leaving Service 1853                 Caution to Farm Servant 1871

Miscellaneous Items

Justices of the Peace Request to Change the Division for Baverstock 1842                Court Case - Burridge v Burridge 1927


Charge of Stealing a Rabbit Trap 1868               Poaching Charge 1871 


Charge of Stealing Iron 1870         



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      


Anniversary Meeting of Salisbury National Schools 1838 (Announcement) Anniversary Meeting of Salisbury National Schools Report 1838 First Meeting of Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education 1839
Lecture on the Arctic Regions 1854    


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 & Land

Game Lists 1824-1859                Game Licenses 1834


UK Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices 1710-1811


British Postal Service Appointment 1737-1969   


Wiltshire Labourers 1871      

Markets & Shows

Cattle Market Purchases 1846-1847                Cattle & Poultry Show 1852                Ram Sale Purchases 1870-1872


Entertainment for Railway Labourers 1858                

Situations Vacant



Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Family Notices 1800-1849 Charles Penruddocke - Guardian Appointed 1843 John Hungerford Penruddocke 1848
Family Notices 1850-1899 Marriage Festivities at Compton 1853 Deputy Lord Lieutenants of Wiltshire 1860
In Recognition of Services - Mrs Jane James 1870 Charles Lever - Fall from a Horse 1871 Fete in Wilton Park 1872
Inquest Report on Edmund West 1911 Funeral Notice of Mrs. Manning 1944  

Associations, Clubs, Organisations & Societies

Salisbury Mechanics Institute 1839           Bath & Western England Society Exhibitor 1866           Shipwrecked Mariners Society 1868-1872

Friendly Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871           Wiltshire Friendly Society 1844-1870          Wiltshire Friendly Society Anniversary Celebrations 1846

Horticultural Societies 

Wilts. Horticultural Society Prizes 1866-1870          Dinton, Baverstock & Hurdcott Horticultural Society Show 1939

Census Returns Transcripts

1841           1851           1861          1871           1881          1891           1901           1911

Electoral Rolls, Poll Books & Tax Lists

Tax List 1332          Poll Book 1818                Poll Book 1865              Register of Electors 1960-1961

Personal Research

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.


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653       


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.


Wilton Union Census Breakdown 1851           Paupers Listed in Census Returns 1851-1871


Donations to the Poor 1819


Wilton Union Guardians Appointed 1835             Election of Guardians 1836            Guardians Dinner & Election of Guardians 1870



1860          1868          1870          1872

Removal Orders

Wiltshire Removal Orders 1670-1890



Probate Index (WSHC) 1548-1875               Claims on the Estate of Revd. Richard Hawkin Hitchins 1827          National Probate Index 1858-1966

Administration Bonds

Elizabeth Smith 1839                 Albert Smith 1921

Parishioners Wills

Herbert Smith Proved 1875


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military & War Memorials Gallery

For items relating to the Hurdcott Camp please see the Hurdcott Section below.

Why the Poppy               Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services 1870-1891               Merchant Seaman - Leslie Crawford 1901


Photographs of Temporary Memorials Sent to  Australian Soldiers' Next-of-Kin                Casualties of WWI Named in the Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book   

Casualty Biographies

John Reginald Viney 1916                Herbert George Bradford 1917               Edwin John Dimmer 1919         Alfred James Cowie 1917

Commonwealth War Graves in St. Editha Churchyard

War Graves Gallery                War Graves Summary Table 1916-1918               Baverstock - St. Ediths

British Soldiers Biographies

Edward George Emsley               Cyril Alec William Hardy               Charles Henry Strawbridge

Australian Soldiers Biographies
George William Percy Albertson
Alan Malcolm Andrews 1917 Thomas Baxter
John Robert Biglands
Percy Joseph Clark
Alfred James Cowie 1917
Michael Cummings Thomas Leslie Davies
Stephen Henry Elphick
Lawrence Fitzgerald
Percy Forster George Fowlie 
Andrew Shirwood Douglas Gibson 1917
Robert Hugh Grey
Christopher Hayes Frederick Donald James Kennedy 
Michael Kenny
Cyril Claud Mashford 1917 Donald McIntosh 1917 William Charles Gordon M.  McKellar
Charles Forbes Moor 1917
Frederick John Parkin Harry Rudolph Phillips William George Price
Alfred W. Pye 1917
Patrick Reidy alias Wilson Alfred Renwick 1917 Thomas Roach 
Frederick Arthur Woolsey

General Information For Australian Forces

Abbreviations Used in Australian Service Records Australian WWI Recruitment Posters Disposal Order of Medals of deceased Australian Soldiers
Imperial War Graves Commission on Cemetery & Memorial Registers Headstone Costs for Australian Forces Medical Classifications for Wounded & Sick Australian Soldiers 
No Photographs of A. I. F. Permanent Headstones   Australian Graves Abroad 1921


Lieut. Guy Robert Hextall Harding 1944




Hurdcott Gallery

Hamlet History


Hurdcott is a hamlet in the parish of Baverstock.  There is also a Hurdcott located near Winterbourne Earls, Wiltshire.


Buildings and Land

Inquisition of Lands Held by Bartholomew & Margaret de Badelesmere 1311                 Hurdcott House for Sale 1921


Crime and Legal Matters

Reward for Stolen Lamb 1825 Reward for Stolen Sheep 1836 Damaging a Hedge 1856
Stealing Apples 1856 Stealing a Rail 1837 Troublesome Prisoner 1872

Employment and Business

Pitched Market Proposal 1847                 Harvest Home 1861



Reward for Missing Animals 1867 & 1871


People and Parish Notables

High Sheriffs for Wiltshire 1758-1856 Family Notices 1800-1849
Nomination of Sheriffs 1815 Burgess for Borough of Downton 1827
Inquest Report on James Hayter 1836 Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land & Assessed Taxes 1842
Wedding Report of Rev. George F. S. Powell & Miss Everilda Law 1852 Family Notices 1850-1899
Local Exhibition 1852 Laying of Foundation Stone for School at Barford 1853
County Magistrate - Alexander Francis Powell 1868 Wedding Festivities at Hurdcott 1868
Fete In Wilton Park 1872 Wedding Report of Rev. Canon Whitefoord & Mrs. Powell 1890

Associations, Clubs, Organisations & Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871

Hunting Meets 1830-1890 Salisbury & South Wilts Society for the Protection of Agriculture 1844                   
South Wilts Anti-League Association 1844 South Wilts & Warminster Farmers' Club 1844
Prizes Awarded at Salisbury & Wilts Horticultural Society 1845 South Wilts Hunt Meeting - Letter to Editor 1871

Census Returns Transcripts 

1891          1901          1911

Family Research

Powell Family

Powell of Hurdcott House Lineage 



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Roger Martyn 1629


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Wilton Volunteer Rifle Corps 1859

Hurdcott Camp

At the outbreak of World War I there became an urgent need to accommodate the increasing requirements for Military Training & Transit camps. Towards the end of 1914, John Combes, of East Farm at Fovant, was informed that part of his land was to be requisitioned for one such camp. Subsequently, land to the east and west of his farm was also commandeered and an area stretching from Compton Chamberlayne to Sutton Mandeville became one vast Military Camp. A single track railway connected the camps to the main line.

The camp located at Compton Chamberlayne became known as Hurdcott Camp as it was on land that was part of two farms - Hurdcott and Naish's. In March 1916, this section of the camp was taken over by the Australian Imperial Forces and became their No. 3 Command Depot.

Hurdcott Camp Photo Gallery

Hurdcott Army Camp Hurdcott Camp Poems
Map showing Army Camps at Fovant, Compton Chamberlayne & Hurdcott During WWI Letters Home from Cpl. Thomas James Quinn 1917 & 1918
Casualty - Pte. Herbert Edward Webb, A.I.F. 1918 Central Queenslanders Contact 1918
Western Australians in Camp 1918 Sale of Dismantled Hutting - No. 5 Camp 1920

Henri - Little French Orphan

Henri was a young French orphan who attached himself to a succession of different British Regiments before finding himself with the 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps on Christmas Day, 1918. Henri was smuggled into England via a bag marked Oats & was adopted by the squadron as their mascot & became known as "Digger". Air Mechanic Tim Tovell took on the role of guardian & when the Squadron was being demobilised back to Australia, Henri was again hidden & arrived in Australia with his guardian in 1919. Henri stayed with Tovell in Queensland & later moved to Melbourne so he could become a mechanic with the Royal Australian Air Force. Henri was killed in a road accident in 1928 at the age of 21.               Henri - The French Orphan



Grateful thanks to previous OPC John Lane for his contribution to this page

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