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Downton (Charlton All Saints)

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Charlton All Saints is a village within the parish of Downton     Charlton All Saints Village Photo Gallery

The Church of All Saints

New Church For Charlton 1849             Church News 1850-1899

Buildings and Land


Fire at Charlton 1836     

Land Taxes           

Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land and Assessed Taxes 1842

Owners of Land

Owners of Land 1873

Public Houses

New Licensee for the Lamb Inn Salisbury 1807 

Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1899 Attempt to Rob a Butcher 1805 Horses Stolen 1824
Strange Conduct of Clergyman 1867 Damage to a Gate 1868 Tearing a Horse's Tongue 1892
Crime Reports 1900-1999    

Bastardy Examinations

The definition of a bastard for the period when examinations were carried out by  parish overseers and local justices is as follows:-  any child born out of wedlock including those where the mother and father later marry, children of a second marriage whilst the first wife is still living; the issue of divorced couples; children born where the husband is known to have been abroad for some year; A child born after the father has died.  The definition has evolved since the Act of 1732/33 where a “single mother” was by law obliged to declare her pregnancy and state the name of the reputed father.  Some parish registers may record the words base-born against a baptism record and some may even name the reputed father.  Below are some of the surviving bastardy examination reports transcribed from various sources such as court books and overseers accounts.  It is interesting to note that only the mother’s and witnesses’ oaths seem to be recorded even though the defendant would have been summoned to the hearing.  Perhaps their evidence was pre-delivered for the examiners to peruse before the mother was required to prove her case.  It is also interesting to read the language used to describe the situation the mother found herself in and the circumstances in which the child was conceived.  It would appear that the examination itself would not have been a pleasant experience for plaintiff or defendant no matter what the outcome.               Bastardy Examinations


See also Main Section for Downton and for Standlynch 

Kellys 1915

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.  14 paupers emigrated to Canada under an assisted emigration programme between July 1838 - 1843 (This figure could relate to Charlton, Malmesbury or Charlton, Pewsey)          Strays Index


Runaway Apprentice 1780

People and Parish Notables


Accident at The Hatches 1867

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871

Celebrations and Entertainment

Celebrations at Defeat of Napoleon 1814

Census Returns Transcripts

Elections, Polls and Voting Lists

Poll Book 1818

Inquest Reports

Inquest Reports 1800-1849             

Miscellaneous Items

Knights Compositions 1628 


Tax List 1332

Wedding Reports

Marriage of H.M.S. Courageous Survivor 1939


Probate Index 1725 (WSHC)

War, Conflict and Military Matters

Napoleon Defeat Celebrations 1814                Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918


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