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Little Hinton (Hinton Parva) - The OPC is John Pope

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Little Hinton Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (near neighbours)

Aldbourne - Baydon - Bishopstone - Shrivenham (BRK) - South Marston - Wanborough

A little further afield are

Ashbury (BRK) - Bourton (BRK) - Lambourn (BRK) - Liddington


Websites of Interest

Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Newsletter - News from around the parish
Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council - News from the Parish Council Meetings
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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. Swithun

Hinton, Little (high farm) is a downland village with fine views to the north over the Vale of the White Horse. The church (St Swithun) has a Norman nave and decorated chancel with a low perpendicular tower. it possesses one of the most remarkable Norman fonts in the county; it is richly carved with architectural ornamentation, and includes a beast, a snake, birds and fish. note also the old parish chest and royal arms (G.R. 1789), including the arms of France and Hanover, over the tower arch. There is also a Jacobean pulpit; a panel fixed to an adjoining pew states that it was a gift of Martha Hinton in 1637.   [source: The Little Guide, Methuen 1949]    


Note that the headstones recorded here are in the "closed churchyard" surrounding the church. In 1876 a Cemetery opened, please refer to the Buildings and Land section.

St. Swithun Church Gallery          St. Swithun Church Interior Gallery         St. Swithun Churchyard Gallery

Churchyard Memorial Survey Church Interior Memorial Survey Rectors List 1301-1994 Protestation Returns 1641-1642
Entries from Parish Register c1782-89 Rectory Vacancy 1858 Church News 1861 New Burial Laws Act 1880
  Marriage of Rev George Keble 1890    

Parish Register Transcripts



Registers Held at WSHC

Baptisms 1649-1945
Marriages 1654-1945
Burials 1653-1946

Look ups for St. Swithin's Parish baptisms and burials only contact John Pope via the Contact Us Tab at the top of the page and selecting Administrators


Parish History

Little Hinton is also known as Hinton Parva


Little Hinton Wiltshire - by Paul A Williams, June 2010 - Hinton's interesting life and history, includes many black and white images

From Farming Fields to Muddy Trenches - Bishopstone & Hinton in and around the Great War of 1914 - 1918 - by Karin Thompson & Paul Williams
;This fully illustrated book commemorates the contribution of the people of Bishopstone and Hinton Parva to the Great War of 1914-18. The book provides biographical accounts of the men from the Parish who served in the First World War - 85 from Bishopstone and 35 from Hinton, including the 27 who died as a result of war - all set in the context of village life. Additional chapters cover life in the villages before and after the Great War and describes how parishioners supported those serving in the military.  It also provides an overview of the military experiences of men from the villages who served in the military between the 17th century and the early 20th century. Most did so voluntarily, but in some instances they served under compulsion.  The book is extensively illustrated, with many images taken during the first 30 years of the 20th century giving the reader an insight into life during those times. Published by Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Local History Group, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-9930975-0-8 - For further information visit  Hinton & Bishopstone in WWI

Civil Registration

1837 - 1898 Highworth Registration District
1898 - Present Swindon Registration District


Buildings and Land 

Game Certificates 1839 Tithe Awards 1840 Game Certificates 1849 No Trespassing 1865
Owners of Land 1873 Kempster's foul sanitary problem 1878 Foot and Mouth Disease 1881 Fire at Johnson & Thorne's properties 1881
Highway Repairs 1882 Listed Buildings Register 2005 Old Field Names  


Opened in 1876 and is located in Tuckers Lane (east of the Church). The first parishioner to be buried was Mary Cook on 7 February 1877.

Cemetery Burials 1877-1915               Cemetery Memorials Survey               Memorial Plot Location Map               Cemetery Gallery

Conservation Area

Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan 2006


Ordnance Survey Map 1811-1812

Property to Let

Property to Let 1762                 Property to Let 1800-1849               Property for Let or Sale 1869

Property for Sale

Property for Sale 1765 Property of Barrett 1836 Property of Johnson 1855
Property of Gibbs 1861    

Property for Sale by Auction

Property of Woodward 1799 Property of Barrett 1801 Property of Johnson
Property of Gibbs 1833 Property of Harding 1841 Property for Sale by Auction 1848
Property for Sale by Auction 1850-1899 Property of Edwards 1857 Property of Cannon 1858
Meadow Hay for Sale by Auction 1865 Timber for Sale by Auction 1865 Property of Brown 1871
Property of Johnson 1874 Property of Parsons 1880  


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1700-1799 Crime Reports 1800-1849 Insolvent Debtor - Jacob Coster 1845
Crime Reports 1850-1899 Insolvent Debtor - Henry Henly 1853 Insolvency Petition - Ashley v Hancock 1857
Insolvency Petition - Charles Rolph 1857 Pig Theft by Robert Filewood  1859 Sovereign Coin Affair of Charles Rolfe, 1859
Court Case - Rolfe v. Greenwood 1860 Theft by Thomas Keene 1860 Insolvent Debtor - Farmer Johnson 1861
Cat Shooting - Warren v Kent 1867 Avenell Maintenance Charge 1873-1874  


Assault by Edwin Kent 1861 Assault by Thomas Adams, 1865 Assault by Thomas Richens 1864 Assault by George Barry 1867
2nd Assault by George Barry 1867 Quarrel between Woodham and Gale 1884 Assault by Percy Long 1894  



Post Office 1855               Kellys 1889               Kellys 1915          Swindon & District 1928




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Community Services

Metropolitan Police Pensions Record - William Adams 1860-1881


Miscellaneous Documents

Tax Duty return 1700.  An 1694 Act of William III imposing taxes to raise money for the war with France   John Pope's Genealogy Resource Project


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Hinton Parva Mission Hall - see Tab below


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

1851 1881 1891  

For other census not yet available on this site please follow the links below

1841: North Wilts Online Census Project
1861: North Wilts Online Census Project
1871: North Wilts Online Census Project

Bishop Compton's census 1676

Aged over 16 years - 133 conformists

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832          Voters Lists Revisions 1843               Electoral Lists Revision Court 1902                            

Family Notices

1700-1799                  1800-1849                   1850-1899

Inquest Reports

Jonathan Pound 1887             Ann Warren 1867            Sarah J. Warren 1871          Charlotte Pope 1877         Inquest & Funeral of Mary A Smith 1884          Frank Pill 1885

Miscellaneous Items

James and Martha Clarke - Penance Order 1713 People News 1800-1849 People News 1850-1899 Harington - Consols Stock 1858
Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863 Mysterious disappearance  of Thorne 1881 Effects of Smith for Sale by Auction 1889  


Wedding of Saunders to Povey 1894

Contributing to photo galleries

Do you have pre 1920 postcards of Little Hinton, early photogrpahs or engravings of family members born in Little Hinton and would like to share them on this page?  These wil be of great interest to researchers in the UK and Worldwide who cannot get to the parish in person and will help the Little Hinton pages 'come alive'.  If you would like to share photographs (copyright credited and retained by contributor) of your ancestors, please email me via the Contact an OPC link.  Thank you.


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Removal Orders 1789                Medical Relief 1837                Poor Law Union Supplies 1847



National Probate Index 1858-1966 


Farmer Edwards 1808 and 1828               William Johnson 1844               Thomas Anger 1864


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorial & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy Victoria Cross Recipient Hastings Edward Harrington 1857 Servicemen & Families with 1st Wilts Regt. in South Africa 1911
Roll of Honour to those who Served and Died in WWI    


Hinton Parva Mission Hall

Hinton Parva Mission Hall

Mission Hall Photo Gallery

A Primitive Methodist Chapel

Prior to the building of the Mission Hall, meetings were held in a room at Batts Farmhouse lent by Thomas Anger. He was a staunch supporter of the Methodist cause. After his death, the property was bought by the Keable family who allowed the meetings to continue.

In about 1910, a parcel of land was cut out of the estate for the purpose of building a Mission Hall.  When Miss Keable of Bath died. she left money to enable the Chapel to be erected.  Built in 1911, Sunday services continued until 2006 when it closed as a result of declining numbers.

The history of the early Little Hinton Methodists meeting places and the Mission Hall can be found in "Little Hinton, Wilts" written by Paul A Williams. (First published June 2010).

Chapel Images

The two images dated 1911 and 1960, the coloured plan and interior view were kindly donated by Paul Williams.



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