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Avebury - The OPC is Amanda Wood-Woolley

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Avebury Village Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

All Cannings - Bishops Cannings - Calstone Wellington - Cherhill - East Kennett - Overton - Winterbourne Monkton - Yatesbury



Sacred Destinations - Avebury Stone Circle
Duncan & Mandy Ball's - Website for images of St. James and the Congregational Chapel
GenUKi - For information relating to Avebury
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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies 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.


The Parish Church of St. James

Surrounded by its sarsen stone sentinels stands the church of Avebury.  Within it one can see the remains of very early pre-Conquest windows cheek by jowl with Tuscan columns set up in the early nineteenth century to replace low twelfth century nave arcades.  West of the nave is a lofty bell tower; at its east end is a magnificent fifteenth century screen with its rood-loft still accessible from the rood-stair.  The church has an arcaded tub-font of twelfth century date

St. James Church Gallery               St. James Interior Gallery                St. James Churchyard Gallery                                 

Incumbents List 1085-1980          Church Matters 1800-1849               Church Matters 1850-1899           Churchyard Survey

Parish Register Transcripts

Interesting Entries from the Parish Registers 1837



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1697-1909
Marriages 1706-1991
Burials 1679-2003
Other Resources 


Parish History

Avebury is well known for its historic stone circles dating back to before 2000 BC.

The parish includes Beckhampton and West Kennett

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Marlborough Registration District


Buildings and Land

Enclosure Awards 1792              Cattle Plague Regulations 1867                 Owners of Land 1873 

Avebury Manor

A roundhouse in the Manor grounds is a 17th century pigeon house, probably built for Avebury Trusloe Manor and built with the King's permission for pigeon breeding.  Pigeons were used for their eggs, meat and feathers.                Manor House Gallery


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1826

Public Houses

Red Lion

The Avebury circle is one of the country's finest prehistoric remains, and the subject of much excavation and interest.  The inn stands in the centre of the famous megalithic circle on the site of the sacrificial altar, this being the largest religious stone circle known.  The inn dates from 1619 and many of the original beams and open fire-places may be seen.  An interesting feature is the old well, some 80 feet deep, which has been preserved and lighted for inspection.               Red Lion Gallery

Silbury Hill

Photo gallery

Stone Circle

Stone Circle Gallery

West Kennet Long Barrow

Long Barrow Gallery


Crime and Legal Matters


Attack on George Brown 1850-1851

Quarter Sessions

Quarter Sessions Extracts 1685


Henry Astley 1871


George Brown 1871

Swing Riots

Special Constables 1830   



Post Office 1855 Kellys 1867 Post Office 1875 Gillmans 1899 Gillmans 1900 Kellys 1915 Swindon & District 1928 Kellys 1931
Post Office Telephone 1940              





Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Aspects of the Life of the Wiltshire Agricultural Labourer c1850


Wiltshire Society Apprentice - James John Griffin 1851           


Aviator Certificate - Betty Barnes Mackinlay 1937   

Medical Matters

General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959               


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Avebury Congregational Chapel

Chapel Gallery

Duncan & Mandy Ball's website, this includes the history of the Chapel

Originally the Congregational Chapel and later the United Reformed Church

Congregational Chapel and Chapelyard

Baptist Chapel


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871 

Census Returns Transcripts

1851      1861      1871      1881      1891      

Coroners Bills 

Coroners Bills 1752-1796 (West Kennett)

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Poll Book 1818 (West Kennett)            Voters List 1832              MP Nominations 2015

Familiy Notices 


General People Items

Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863


Rev. Gilbert Alfred King 1930                  Canon Arthur George Peters 1943

Parish Notables

Frederick Kempster, Circus Performer (see Worton Parish Page for further details)


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Poor Law Crime

Assistant Overseer Embezzlement Charge 1914



Probate Index 1561-1881 (WSHC)          Probate Notices 1800-1899           National Probate Index 1858-1966

Parishioners Wills

James Pope proved 1602 Thomas Pope 1602 Elizabeth Pope proved 1618 John Poope 1670 Richard Kew proved 1675
Richard Kew 1678 (Admin Bond) Will of Richard Pope proved 1686 Thomas Pope 1688 (Nuncupative) James Pope 1732 Admon & Will of Leah Clements proved 1809


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery   

Why the Poppy



Casualty Biographies of WWI          Alfred Charles Heyes 1915

War Memorials and Books of Remembrance 

Calne & District Casualty Lists           Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918          St. James Church Roll of Honour WWI


Casualty Biographies of WWII          St. James Church Roll of Honour WWII

Wiltshire Regiment

Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911 




Beckhampton Gallery

Buildings and Land

Public Houses

Wagon & Horses


Crime and Punishment

Inmates in Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Beckhampton Coursing Club News

Coroners Bills

Coroner Bills 1752-1796

Family Notices


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index




John Pope 1711



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