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Barford St. Martin - The OPC is Eric Read

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Barford St. Martin Village Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Baverstock - Burcombe - Compton Chamberlain - Great Wishford


Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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


Parish Church of St. Martin

St. Martin Church Gallery               Inside St. Martin              St. Martin Churchyard                 St. Martin Church Cemetery

Church Cemetery Memorial Survey                Churchyard Memorial Survey              Protestation Return 1641/42               Church Matters 1800-1849           Church Matters 1900-1999

Parish Register Transcripts


1653-1699          1700-1749          1750-1799       1800-1849 


1685-1749          1750-1799          1800-1849


1698-1749          1750-1799         1800-1849

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1653-1861
Marriages 1654-1979
Burials 1653-1885
Other Resources available elsewhere 


Parish History

Civil Registration

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

Oak Apple Day

Charter 1603

Buildings and Land

Notice of Petition for Inclosure 1808                Foot and Mouth Outbreak 1869                  Owners of Land 1873


Maps Gallery

Public Houses

Public Houses Photogallery


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations               Assault on an Ostler 1868               Thefts by Gypsies 1889



Post Office 1855               Kellys 1867          Post Office 1875               Kellys 1915           Post Office Telephone 1940



Education Gallery

There is a photograph in the gallery of the Class of 1958.  It is believed to have been taken on the occasion of the retirement of the headmistress Mrs. Shaw.   OPC Marion Swindells (nee Kellows) is the little girl on the front row in front of the vicar wearing a bib dress and a bow in her hair!  On the far right second row and second in is a fair haired girl who is Janis Hart.  We do not know the names of the other children but if anyone can name them then please either contact the OPC for this page, Marion Swindells or Teresa Lewis (Administrator).  All three may be contacted via the contact us option on the home page. 

Laying of School Foundation Stone 1853 

Emigration and Migration

Assisted Emigration

Edward Mould & Family 1854

General Items

Strays Index


Employment and Business


Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                 Gamekeepers Certificates 1834              Aspects of the Life of the Wiltshire Agricultural Labourer c1850                 Game Licenses 1846


John Gravill 1729                   Wiltshire Society Apprentice - William James Sutton 1901   


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Temperance Society

Meeting April 1898


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery


Accidents 1800-1899           Road Accident 1932

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871


Defeat of Napoleon 1814           Oak Apple Day 1893

Census Returns Transcripts

1841       1851           1861          1871          1881          1891          1901        1911        

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772         Poll Book 1818          Poll Book 1865          MP Nominations 2015


Ploughing Match & Shepherding Prizes 1868

Family Notices

1750-1799          1800-1849          1850-1899


Inquest Reports 1800-1849          Inquest Report on Mary Ann Mould 1872

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - This 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


Tax List 1332          Falstone Day Book 1645-1653


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse


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



1860          1868           1870          1872



Probate Index (WSHC)                National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Thomas de Chaucombe 1305               Thomas de Chaucombe 1319              Inquisition of Lands Held 1433               William, Earl of Pembroke 1630


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy

Wiltshire Regiments

Wilts Rifle Volunteers on the March 1872          Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911


Casualties of WWI

Edward John Middlewick 1917

Wounded Soldiers

T. S. Snook 1915

Memorial and Roll of Honour Plaques

Church Memorial Plaque 1914-1918          Church Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1918          

Remembrance Books

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918 


Memorial and Roll of Honour Plaques

Church Memorial Plaque 1939-1945


Groveley Wood

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Grovely Wood Gallery


Groveley Wood is an extra parochial place within the parish of Barford St. Martin. There is no church here and there are no records of separate parish registers. It can be assumed therefore that residents of the wood travelled to either Barford or Great Wishford for church services including baptisms, marriages and burials

Oak Apple Day Celebrations

The origins of the Grovely Ceremonies lie in the rights of the villagers of nearby parishes to collect wood for fuel from the woods nearby – charters still exist from Elizabethan times which stipulate conditions which must be met in order to keep those rights alive.  A group of dancers must go to Salisbury Cathedral and declaim “Grovely ! Grovely! And all Grovely!” and while this originally took place during Whit week , the festivities now occur on May 29th every year which is Oak Apple Day. The day begins with a raucous tin can band to wake everyone up (participated in keenly by the children armed with anything from trumpets to bin lids), followed by a procession into the forest with banners to gather the wood; houses in the village are decorated with bunting and boughs. The group of dancers, in period costume, still perform outside Salisbury Cathedral then lay branches on the altar there in the morning during a very brief service before returning home for a further procession and traditional village fair. There’s maypole dancing, stalls, food and entertainment.  The first grant of the charter took place in 1603.

Great Wishford 1950


Buildings and Land


Crime and Legal Matters

Committed to the Devizes House of Correction & New Prison 1800-1849               Theft of Silver Watch at Groveley 1858               Gamekeeper Charged with Assault 1868



Kellys 1889



School Fete in the Park 1868


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871

Census Returns Transcripts

1841       1851        1861          1871           1881          1891            1901       1911      

Family Notices



Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse





War, Conflict and Military Matters

Autumn Manoeuvres 1872



William Scott Samways 1915

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