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Manningford (Abbotts) - The OPC is Duncan McBurney

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Manningford Abbas Photo Gallery

Parish Church (Dedication Unknown)

Parish Register Transcripts







Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1539-1982
Marriages 1543-1964
Burials 1538-1980


Parish History 


Buildings and Land

Swanborough Tump

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.

Owners of Land 1873              Conveyance of Land Between William Head and Alexander Meek 1907


Crime and Legal Matters



Post Office 1855               Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration


Anne Jennings 1850 Mary Jennings (nee Box) 1850 Mordecai Jennings 1850
Sarah Jennings 1850 Thomas Jennings 1850 William Jennings 1850
Caroline Burgess (nee Spackman) 1854 Harriet Burgess 1854 James Burgess 1854
Jane Burgess 1854 Joseph Burgess 1854 William Burgess 1854
Charles Newman 1854 Evan Newman 1854 Joseph Newman 1854
Emma Taylor (nee Newman) 1854 Noah Taylor 1854  

Employment and Business


Miscellaneous Documents


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

1810          1841          1851          1861          1871         1881          1891          1901          1911

The 1810 census listed above is a household head count found in the parish register

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832

General Items              

People News 1900-1949            


Maria Newman 1870    

Parish Notables

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



National Probate Index 1858-1966


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Calne & District Casualty Lists 1914-1918                  Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918     

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