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Britford (East Harnham) - The OPC is Linda Robson

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East Harnham Photo Gallery

The Parish Church of All Saints

Churchyard Gallery

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1855-1999
Marriages 1854-1976
Burials 1854-1946


Parish History

Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land

Common Cold Research Unit 1946-1989

East Harnham's claim to fame has got to be the Harvard Isolation Hospital. Originally it was built because the Americans thought the outbreak of WWII would mean epidemics in England. This did not happen, so this hutted hospital was donated to the Medical Research Council, who decided to open it as the Common Cold Research Unit. It existed from 1946-1989. There is now a housing estate where this hospital once stood appropriately named Harvard Heights.

The unit advertised for volunteers, who were paid a small amount, it was promoted as an unusual holiday opportunity! People were infected with the cold virus and stayed for 10 days. They were allowed to go out for walks in the countryside but residential areas were out of bounds. Some people came back year after year, and others liked the area so much they sold up and moved to Salisbury.

There is a photo in the East Harnham gallery of the plaque that is on the wall where the entrance to the hospital used to be.

East Harnham Bridge

Toll Charges 1413

St. John's Chapel

Read a little about the History of the Chapel   Images of the building as it is now can be seen in the East Harnham Photogallery


Crime and Legal Matters

Food and Drink

Prosecution of Dairyman 1898


Charge of Attempted Suicide 1890

Unsocial Behaviour

Disturbance at Harnham 1857           



Post Office 1855



Education News 1850-1899


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business


Miscellaneous Documents

Mrs. Ridout and the Coombe Express


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772 (includes West Harnham)          Poll Book 1818     

Family Notices  


Inquest Reports

Job Gale 1846                 John Davies 1874                Unknown Baby 1906                William Goodfellow 1912

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - This item was donated by Ken Tuck and contains entries that may or may not relate to the Tuck family however they have been published as such.  Many refer to Quaker burials found across the county


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Alderbury Union Workhouse is situated in the hamlet of Longford



Probate Index 1669-1877 (WSHC)               National Probate Index 1858-1966


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Boer War

Reservists Leave for the Front 1899

Royal Navy

Deserters in Australian Newspapers 1877


Casualties of WWI Buried in All Saints Churchyard Casualties of WWI Commemorated on All Saints Church War Memorial Plaque
Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918 Casualties of WWII Buried in All Saints Churchyard
Casualty Biographies

Horace Frank Brown Dredge 1914

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