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Hamlet History


Hurdcott is a hamlet in the parish of Baverstock.  There is also a Hurdcott located near Winterbourne Earls, Wiltshire.

Buildings and Land

Inquisition of Lands Held by Bartholomew & Margaret de Badelesmere 1311                 Hurdcott House for Sale 1921


Crime and Legal Matters

Reward for Stolen Lamb 1825 Reward for Stolen Sheep 1836 Damaging a Hedge 1856
Stealing Apples 1856 Stealing a Rail 1837 Troublesome Prisoner 1872

Employment and Business

Pitched Market Proposal 1847Pitched Market Proposal 1847                 Harvest Home 1861



Reward for Missing Animals 1867 & 1871


People and Parish Notables

High Sheriffs for Wiltshire 1758-1856 Family Notices 1800-1849
Nomination of Sheriffs 1815 Burgess for Borough of Downton 1827
Inquest Report on James Hayter 1836 Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land & Assessed Taxes 1842
Wedding Report of Rev. George F. S. Powell & Miss Everilda Law 1852 Family Notices 1850-1899
Local Exhibition 1852 Laying of Foundation Stone for School at Barford 1853
County Magistrate - Alexander Francis Powell 1868 Wedding Festivities at Hurdcott 1868
Fete In Wilton Park 1872 Wedding Report of Rev. Canon Whitefoord & Mrs. Powell 1890

Associations, Clubs & Sport

Hunting Meets 1830-1890 Salisbury & South Wilts Society for the Protection of Agriculture 1844                   
South Wilts Anti-League Association 1844 South Wilts & Warminster Farmers' Club 1844
Prizes Awarded at Salisbury & Wilts Horticultural Society 1845 South Wilts Hunt Meeting - Letter to Editor 1871

Census Returns Transcripts 

1891          1901          1911

Family Research

Powell Family

Powell of Hurdcott House Lineage 



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Roger Martyn 1629


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Wilton Volunteer Rifle Corps 1859

Hurdcott Camp

At the outbreak of World War I there became an urgent need to accommodate the increasing requirements for Military Training & Transit camps. Towards the end of 1914, John Combes, of East Farm at Fovant, was informed that part of his land was to be requisitioned for one such camp. Subsequently, land to the east and west of his farm was also commandeered and an area stretching from Compton Chamberlayne to Sutton Mandeville became one vast Military Camp. A single track railway connected the camps to the main line.

The camp located at Compton Chamberlayne became known as Hurdcott Camp as it was on land that was part of two farms - Hurdcott and Naish's. In March 1916, this section of the camp was taken over by the Australian Imperial Forces and became their No. 3 Command Depot.

Hurdcott Camp Photo Gallery

Hurdcott Army Camp Hurdcott Camp Poems
Map showing Army Camps at Fovant, Compton Chamberlayne & Hurdcott During WWI Letters Home from Cpl. Thomas James Quinn 1917 & 1918
Casualty - Pte. Herbert Edward Webb, A.I.F. 1918 Central Queenslanders Contact 1918
Western Australians in Camp 1918 Sale of Dismantled Hutting - No. 5 Camp 1920

Henri - Little French Orphan

Henri was a young French orphan who attached himself to a succession of different British Regiments before finding himself with the 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps on Christmas Day, 1918. Henri was smuggled into England via a bag marked Oats & was adopted by the squadron as their mascot & became known as "Digger". Air Mechanic Tim Tovell took on the role of guardian & when the Squadron was being demobilised back to Australia, Henri was again hidden & arrived in Australia with his guardian in 1919. Henri stayed with Tovell in Queensland & later moved to Melbourne so he could become a mechanic with the Royal Australian Air Force. Henri was killed in a road accident in 1928 at the age of 21.               Henri - The French Orphan

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