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Bishopstone (Wilton) - The OPC is Dot Gurd

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Bishopstone Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Broad Chalke - Burcombe - Martin - Stratford Tony - Wilton


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of St John the Baptist Church
GenUKI - For information on Bishopstone
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Gurd and Associated Families - Website based around South Wiltshire Families
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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. John The Baptist

Just below Salisbury the River Avon is joined by the Ebble River, beside which stands the church of St. John the Baptist, Bishopstone, a large cruciform building full of interest. It is for the most part of the fourteenth century. The chancel is vaulted, has elaborate sedilia, and is entered through a priest's doorway of unusual elaboration. Within the north transept is a large tomb recess, and outside the south transept, which is vaulted, is a most unusual canopied mausoleum contemporary with the building. Near the priest's doorway the walling shows signs of bullet scars which are said to be memorials of executions during the Civil War.          

St. John's Church Gallery               St. John's Church Interior               St. John's Churchyard

Church Officials

New Deacon Ordained 1861

Parish Register Transcripts


1636-1664          1665-1699           1700-1749          1750-1812           1813-1849          1850-1890          1891-1909


1636-1664           1665-1699          1700-1749          1750-1802          1803-1838           1839-1890          1891-1920


1636-1664          1665-1699          1700-1749           1750-1812          1813-1849          1850-1890          1891-1920

Parish Registers Held at WSHC

Baptisms 1636-1986
Marriages 1636-1985
Burials 1636-1987

Other Resources

Protestation Returns

Bishopston Tythinge 1641-1642               Fallerston Tythinge 1641-1642                 Flambston Tythinge 1641-1642             


Parish History

Includes the hamlets of Faulston, Flamston, Netton, Pitts, Croucheston and Throope

Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land

The Plantagenet Watchtower at Faulston             New Dog Kennels Burnt 1757             Edward Mihell - Indenture of Premises 1834             Owners of Land 1873


Maps Gallery

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery

White Hart

White Hart News


Crime and Legal Matters


Assault on Parish Councillor 1898


Bastardy Examinations 1794-1833

Crime Reports

Crime Reports 1800-1849                Crime Reports 1850-1899

Drunk and Disorderly

Drunk & Riotous - Henry, Joel and John Baker 1868


Pigs Stolen at Night 1849

Uncategorised Legal Items

Strayed or Stolen 1675



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



Schools Gallery


Emigration and Migration

Published in tables from the Poor Law Commissioners Annual Reports for 1835, 1836 and 1847-1848 the following may be of use for tracing missing ancestors.  56 paupers emigrated to Canada between July 1838 - April 1839 under the assisted emigration programme  *These may refer to the parish of Bishopstone (Nr. Swindon)

Strays Index (please note some of the the entries in this file may relate to Bishopstone (Swindon)


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807               Gamekeepers Certificates 1834

Community Services

Metropolitan Police Pensions Record - William Baker 1852-1876


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chapel Lane

This chapel closed in 1978 and did not have a burial ground attached.


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871               Ploughing Match & Shepherding Prizes 1868                Agricultural Society Gathering 1872

Census Returns Transcripts

1851           1911 

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832            Poll Book 1865           MP Nominations 2015          MP Nominations 2017

Family Notices 



Walter Case 1840


Tax List 1332           Falstone Day Book 1645-1653            


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

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

Appointment of Overseers

1860          1868          1870         1872   



Probate Index 1770 (WSHC)

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Walter Vaughan 1640

Parishioners Wills

Edward Hewett Proved 1797          Thomas Hewett Proved 1765

Sales of Property for Probate

Rev. Barford 1780


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorial & Military Gallery

Boer War

Wiltshire Yeomanry - More Volunteers 1899-1900

General Military Items

Why the Poppy           


Books of Remembrance and War Memorials    

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918               Roll of Honour Plaques





Parishioners Wills

Edward Hewet 1662

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