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West Grimstead - The OPC is Elaine Read

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West Grimstead Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Alderbury - Clarendon Park - Pitton & Farley - West Dean - Whiteparish


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and West Grimstead.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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.
West Grimstead - Village Website.


Transcriptions of Parish Registers, census, photographs and other information about this village can be found on the OPC's website just Click Here


The Parish Church of St. John


New Priest Ordained by Bishop of Salisbury 1861

Parish Register Transcripts

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1717-1982
Marriages 1717-1982
Burials 1717-1969


Parish History

West Grimstead was, on the whole, owned by wealthy noblemen and was part of larger manors or estates. There are early references to the De Grimstede family, the ownership of the village passing from them through the male line first to the Perots, then to the Berkeleys; next through the female line to the Breretons; again by the male line to Sir William Compton of Compton Wynyates. West Grimstead was then sold by Richard Compton to Sir Stephen Fox, Earl of Ilchester, and remained part of that estate through the 18th century until it was sold to the Earl of Radnor in 1801 at the time of the Enclosure Act.  In 1916 the whole village was sold by the Longford Estate, mainly to sitting tenants.

Civil Registration

1837 - 1896 Alderbury Registration District
1896 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Buildings and Land

Sale by Auction 1818


Trip on the New Salisbury to Bishopstoke Railway 1846


Crime and Legal Matters


Bastardy Examinations

Crime Reports




Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                Gamekeepers Certificates 1834


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Wesleyan Chapel

New Wesleyan Chapel 1869


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Carol Party Social 1951

Census Returns

1841          1851          1861           1871           1881          1891            1901           1911 

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

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


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Alderbury Union Elected Guardians 1835                Workhouse Audit 1858 

Appointment of Overseers

1860          1868       1870          1872



Probate Index 1870 (WSHC)


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918               Roll of Honour 1914-1918                  Wounded Soldier - G. Light 1915           Why the Poppy



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