Parish Church (Dedication Unknown)
Parish Register Transcripts
Parish Registers held at WSHC
Buildings and Land
Manningford Abbas is the location of Swanborough Tump, a barrow mound and Anglo-Saxon meeting point for the Hundred of Swanborough. Swanborough Tump is also reputedly the spot where, in the year 871, the future King Alfred the Great met his elder brother King Aethelred I on their way to fight the invading Danes. Each swore that, if the other died in battle, the dead man's children would inherit the lands of their father King Aethelwulf.
Doomsday Book Entry
The church of St. Peter at Winchester holds Maneforde. It was rated in the time of King Edward [the Confessor] at 10 hides. Here are 10 ploughlands. Five hides and half a yard land are in demesne, where are 2 ploughlands and 5 servants. Eight villagers and 7 cottagers occupy two ploughlands and a half. The mill pays 12 shillings and 6 pence. Here are 10 acres of meadow. The pasture is half a mile long, and a furlong broad. It was valued at 6 pounds, now at 8 pounds. Source: Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, Volume 34.
Berkshire and Hampshire Railway
The main London to Penzance railway crosses the Parish from east to west. Construction of the line was completed in 1862, as an extension of the Berkshire and Hampshire Railway from Hungerford to Devizes. Originally, there was no station stop between Pewsey and Woodborough but in 1932 Manningford Halt was opened. This was located within Manningford Abbots, north of Abbots Common off Hare Street, but it was closed in 1966 and there is now no trace of its existence.
Crime and Legal Matters
Emigration and Migration
Employment and Business
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
There is no record of any non-conformist meeting place in the Parish. Only one non-conformist was recorded in Manningford Abbas in 1676 and just three in 1864. Hence, it is unlikely that there were sufficient numbers to support a Meeting House.
People and Parish Notables
Census Returns Transcripts
The 1810 census listed above is a household head count found in the parish register
Elections, Polls and Voters Lists
Brigadier Robert Wallace Strachan Hall - Army Officer and former Chairman of Wiltshire County Council
Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - These items were 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 references to Quaker entries may be found from across the county.
Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse