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Stratton St. Margaret (Main Parish Part I) - OPC is Nigel Chalk

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Stratton St. Margaret Photo Gallery

Stratton St. Margaret is a large Parish and some local details have been separated by area please see the following pages - Gorse Hill - Penhill - Nythe - Kingsdown - Upper Stratton - Lower Stratton and the Main Parish has now been split into two sections Part II can be found here

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Blunsdon St. Andrew - Broad Blunsdon - Chiseldon - Liddington - Rodbourne Cheney - South Marston - Stanton Fitzwarren - Swindon - Wanborough

In 2018 boundary changes created Swindon North - Nythe, Liden & Eldene


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Wiltshire
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
Stratton St. Margaret Parish Council - Official Parish Council Website
Wikipedia - Stratton St Margaret - Wikipedia entry for Stratton St Margaret
St. Margarets Church - link to the parish church site.
Swindon Library - Swindon Library's online collection of Stratton St Margaret photographs
Swindon Viewpoint - Local Video News Website includes Archive footage and photographs.
Highworth & Swindon Poor Law Union - Information on the Workhouse for Stratton St. Margaret


The Parish Church of St. Margaret of Antioch

St. Margaret Photo Gallery          St. Margaret Interior          Stratton St. Margaret Vicarage          Church People & Ceremonies Gallery

There was originally an Anglo Saxon wattle & thatch church on the site dating back before 1000 AD.  A Norman church was built in its place and the current Church of England parish church of St. Margaret of Antioch dates from the 13th century in the reign of Edward I (Edward Longshanks 1272-1307).          Read more about St. Margaret's Church here.

Incumbents List 1260 - Present               Curates List 1789-2013               Church Matters 1800-1899                  Church Valuables Stolen 1990

Parish Register Transcripts


1607-1699          1700-1749          1750-1774          1775-1799          1800-1824          1825-1849          1850-1869          


1607-1799         1800-1849        1850-1899           1900-1999 (Odd Entries)


1800-1849          1850-1899

Cemetery Records

Please note that some of the parish council burial records were burnt and therefore the lists below are not complete

Green Road Cemetery, Upper Stratton 1861-1985  (Please note that anything in italics within the spreadsheet have been added or amended and may not appear in the original registers.)  Green road was originaly set up by and for Non-Conformist burials. 

Lower Stratton Parish Cemetery 1869-1985  (Please note that anything in italics within the spreadsheet has been added or amended and may not appear in the original registers.  

Available Gravestone images and look ups for dates after 1985 for two graveyards can be obtained by contacting the OPC via the Contact Us Tab at the top of this page and selecting OPCs from the drop down menu. It is anticipated that all Headstones will be photographed and made available online until that time please request a copy from the OPC who can be contacted via the Contact us link at the top of the page.

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1608-1923
Marriages 1608-1982
Burials 1608-1978
BTs 1837-1863 are held at Bristol Record Office 


Parish History

Stratton St. Margaret, once a village, has now become the north east part of Swindon and is rapidly becoming suburbanised.    For a full history of the Parish follow link - Parish History by Nigel Chalk

Items Relating to the parish from Highworth DC Meetings Minutes held at WSHC John Aubrey's Collection 1659-1670 Crocodile Legend 1856-1901
Population Figures and Other Information 1801-2013 A Topographical Dictionary of England Extract 1848 National Gazetteer Entry 1868
The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-1895
Dame Durden - A Traditional Folk Song performed in 1915
Highways & Byways Extract 1917
Community Retains its Village Atmosphere 2011
Designation of Neighborhood Area November 2013  

 Civil Registration

1837 - 1896 Highworth Registration District 
1896 - Present Swindon Registration District

Medieval Stratton

Medieval Gallery

Petition in the case of Kings College v Merton College Oxford 1450 Release to all actions. Granter Merton College, Oxford. Grantee King's College, Cambridge, 16 January 1464
Extract from the Exchequer Rolls concerning the lease of Stratton St. Margaret to Hugh Auseley, 14 July 1491 Document Relating to the Manor of Stratton St. Margaret at Merton College, Oxford 

Parish Celebrations and Festivals

Parish Community Festivals Gallery

Coronation Booklet of King George VI 1937 Programme for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953 Golden Jubilee Events Held by Schools 2012
Storm Showers Add to Family Fun 2014 Stratton Festival 2016 Poster  

Parish Council

Parish Council Buildings and Sites Gallery

Parish Council Chairs & Clerks Parish Council Sites Plan for Greenbridge Rec. 1976
Twenty Years Service on Stratton Parish Council 1993 Meadowcroft Recreation Area 2004 Honda Help Save Floral  Displays 2012
Clean Up of Community Park 2013 Council Tax Benefit for Parish Councils 2013 Plea to Care for Local Pond 2013
Vandals Destroy Saplings November 2013 Grange Road Leisure Centre Fit For Purpose 2014 Designation of the Parish Neighbourhood Area 2015
Parish Calendar Advert 2017    

Labour Party Candidates 1931          Labour Party Candidates 1937           Nominee - Annie Ada Florence Brooks 1937          Local Parish Election Results May 2015

Parish Magazines

Issue 1 - Winter 2008 Issue 2 - Spring 2009 Issue 3 - Summer 2009 Issue 4 - Autumn 2009
Issue 5 - Spring 2010 Issue 6 - Summer 2010 Issue 7 - Winter 2010 Issue 8 - Summer 2011
Issue 09 - Winter 2011 Issue 10 - Spring 2012 Issue 11 - Summer 2012 Issue 12 - Winter 2012
Issue 13 - Spring 2013 Issue 14 - Summer 2013 Issue 15 - Winter 2013 Issue 16 - Summer 2014
Issue 17 - Winter 2014  Issue 18 - Spring 2015 Issue 19 - Summer 2015 Issue 20 - Winter 2015
Issue 21 - Spring 2016 Issue 22 - Summer 2016 Issue 23 - Winter 2016

Parish Publications

Gallery of Front Covers

Buildings and Land

Builders Plaques Gallery               Queensfield Gallery                  Residential Gallery                  

For a list of buildings and their details please read our document Buildings and Land of Stratton St. Margaret

Houses & Their Build Dates Streets & Their Names Lords of the Manor 1086-1875
Notice of Intended Construction of Wilts & Berks Canal 1793 Inclosure Award Abstract 1796 Housing Trends 1820-1960
Owners of Land 1873 Sale of Property 1900-1949 Proposed Speedway Track 1947
Tenancy Agreement for 77 Green Road 1951 Tenancy Agreement for 77 Green Road 1953 Land & Building News 2000-Present
Homes Plan Gets the Go Ahead 2001 Big Tree Plant 2012 Ermin Street Weight Restriction Order Map 2013
Ermin Street Weight Restriction Order 2013 Headlands School to Housing Development 2014  




Designation of Conservation Areas  1992               Conservation 2013


Farms Gallery                Many thanks to Clive Carter for supplying additional information for individual farm histories below.

Breach Farm

Breach Farm

Brewery Farm

Brewery Farm

Catsbrain Farm
Catsbrain Farm Gallery Catsbrain Farm Proposed New Development at Catsbrain Farm 2014 Catsbrain Farm Development Phase 1 Site Map 2014
Catsbrain Farm Development Phase 1 Business Layout 2014       


Clays Farm

Clays Farm               Sale of Stock & Machinery of Clay's Farm

Crowdy’s Hill Farm

15 Acres, situated on the west of Cricklade Road, was originally bought by Henry Tuckey in 1850’s from Upper Stratton Farm, also known as Coxpits. In 1860 it was sold as part of the estate of Thomas Tuckey, Land Tax shown as 14s.  In the 1948 and 1951 Street Directories P. Herring is living here.  It is now site of the Co-op Funeral Service.

Diamond Farm


Dockle Farm

Dockle Farm

Hyde Farm, Kingsdown

1891 Census shows Henry Hinder as farmer.  Farm stock sold 27-09-1947 by Mr. T. H. Higgs who was quitting, the farm being sold 22-09-1947 by Mr. C T Hazell.

Kingsdown Manor Farm

(217 acres) (also known as Corn Farm) includes an area called 'Peak's Hay' where Groundwell Estate is today. In 1796 Enclosure awarded to John Phelps & James Crowdy.  1829 Sale shows Richard Biggs as owner and Thomas Harris as tenant farmer.  The lot is Farm house, barns, stables etc with 217 acres of Arable & Pasture land with Windmill and Brick & Lime kilns .  1881 Census shows Samuel Coleborne &1911 Kelley’s shows farmer as Joseph Gleave Twiss.  1924 Rate book shows J R Farr.1948 Street Directory shows T Calvert living here, 1951 T & M G Calvert, and 1951-63 Geoffrey Griffiths.  Farm is now converted to business units and several private dwellings.

Marsh Farm (Green Farm)

The farm was at Stratton Green.  1844 Mr Reynolds is given as farmer. Joseph Hayden was farmer here according to the 1881 census.  The 1948 Street Directory shows Emily Baker living here, but now called Green farm.  By 1951 it had reverted to Marsh farm as listed in the 1951 Street Directory with Holloway family in occupation.

Nythe Farm

Stretching between Stratton & Wanborough parishes. 1796 owned by Rev. Wellinger Goodling, 1863 sale of 37acres William Horton as tenant.  1868-1881 occupied by Richard Kemble increasing from 37 to 104 acres.  The Pinnegar family owned the farm from 1886 to 1916.  1950s to 1971 residents were Stanley F Bailey and his family until purchased by Bradley's to build estate around Nyland Road.

Parsonage Farm

Situated on the Swindon Road 1608 shows as owned by Merton College.  1796 William Croome is farmer..  In 1861-71 Census Steven Davis, 1881 Census Stephen Jarvis, 1890 Directory Joseph Higgins, 1901 Census Edward Tuckwell, and in 1911 Census Henry Wiltshire are shown as the farm bailiffs living here with family. 1939 Directory has John Harris as the farmer.  The farm was bought and Deloro Sellite plant built here in 1950’s itself since demolished and site is now a Business Park. 

Auction Sale 1895

Pidgeon House Farm

Pidgeon House Farm          Auction Sale 1829

Pond Farm

1796 John Beckensale, 1841-1861 Tilley family, 1881 William Chapman, 1896 Rev. Scott, 1910 Rev. Burgess, 1911 Joseph Russell, 1936-1970 John Peapoll. Shown on O.S. Maps c.1900 also  shown on 1922 map as being behind Jacobs Ladder in Ermin Street.

Ryall Farm (Roiall Field, Royal Farm)

Believed to date back to 1602.  1796 Enclosure Award to William Tompkins, now part of Honda Factory site was originally alongside Highworth Road.  1880 David Broughton, 1891 Mr Goddard,1901 James Waldron, Kelly’s 1905 Directory, 1918-1931 Fred Bourton and 1939 Register shows Henry James Bourton in occupation although in 1936 Arthur Greenaway is shown on Electoral Roll.

Ryall Farm

Stratton Farm

Sale of Stratton Farm 1807

Sturrey Brook Farm

The farm was situated on the Highworth Road.

Upper Stratton Farm

Stood opposite school in Green Road where Orchard Grove is now. Henry Norris farmer in 1924 paid rates of £33 13s. 8d.

Wharf Farm

Wharf Farm



Fire at Derelict Care Home 2016


Footpaths Gallery

The parish of Stratton St. Margaret is crisscrossed with many footpaths.  Some of these footpaths follow the ancient walkways that the early Stratton residents would have used.  The Boundary Close Footpath is preserved as such.  More details about the footpaths

Rights of Way Letter 1986                 Rights of Way Schedule 1986

Hospitals and Health & Social Facilities

The Close, Homeless Hostel 1977        Sandalwood Place of Safety Decision Delayed 2017



Map Showing Parish Shrinkage Map of c1804 Ordnance Survey Map 1811-1812 Ordnance Survey Map 1816
Map of 1841 Map of 1882 Map of 1893 Map of Land for Sale 1906

Planning & Development

Planning & Development Gallery

Bellway Homes, Ermin Street Site Planning, Original Site Layout 2010 Jephson Housing Association, Highworth Road Site, Planning Layout 2011 Planning Notice, Rear of The Rat Trap, Highworth Road, 2011
14 Marshfield Way Extension Plans 2012 New Showroom Plans 2014
  Wildern Square Housing Development Plan 2015 Former Bampton Brothers Site Fails to Sell 2015
Bridge End Road Oil Depot Plan 2016                       89 Ermin Street Development Plan 2016 Wheatsheaf Development Plan 2016
Site Plan for Bramptons 2017  Original  Plan for Days Close 1968  
Sandalwood Place of Safety Decision Delayed 2017
Selina House, 192 Oxford Road Conversion to Flats Plans 2017 1 Oxford Road Revised Bungalow Footprint Plans 2017

Property to be Let


Recreation and Playing Fields


Sale of Buildings and Land

Sale by Auction of Buildings & Land 1902

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery       

For list of pubs, their history and landlords go to  Public Houses 1700s-Present

Crown Inn Menu c1970s               Bakers Arms - Battle of the Cooks 2015               Rooftop Works Completed at the White Hart 2015

Railway, Canal & Public Transport

Buses and Bus Routes Gallery                   Railway Gallery                     Road Building and Alterations Gallery

Stratton station was on Highworth Light Railway which opened on 9th May 1883, closing to passengers on 28th February 1953 and to all traffic on 3rd August 1962.  At one period up to 100 churns of milk were sent to London daily on the railway.    Read more about the 

History of the railway, canal and public transport here.

Ermin Street Railway Bridge Drawing                 Triple Rail Crash 1958               Network Rail Electrification Notice 2015 

Weather Phenomena

Weather Gallery


Crime and Legal Matters

Adam de Stratton

Animal Related Crime

Ill-Treating a Cat 1860


Assault Charge & Indecent Behaviour 1860


Bastardy Examinations


Bigamy and First Wife Knew 1944

Criminal Damage

A Future Together 2000                   Smashed New Bus Shelter 2002                 Vandals Attack Park 2008      Violation of Coffin 1867

Drunk and Disorderly 

Drunk in Charge of a Horse and Cart 1911

Miscellaneous Crime Items

Parishioners Eligible to Serve as Jurors 1771             Youth Gang Culture 1976              


In early 1891 Katie Speck aged 5 was found murdered in Kingsdown Brook, in late 1892 Frank Franklin aged 19 committed suicide on the railway line, leaving a letter to his mum admitting to the murder.

Crime Reports

1700-1799           1800-1849          1850-1899           2000-Present


Fleece Theft 1860           Acquitted of Theft of Hops 1870           Dog Collar Saves Vicar 2000          Attempted Car Theft Backfires 2014           Domino's Pizza Chain Raid 2014



Post Office 1855 Post Office 1859 Kellys 1867 Post Office 1875
Kellys 1889
North Wilts 1890 Kellys 1895 Kellys 1898
Kellys 1903
Kellys 1907 Kellys 1911
Kellys 1915
Swindon & District Directory 1928
Swindon & District Year Book 1948 (Description)
Swindon & District Year Book 1948 (By Address)
Swindon & District Year Book 1948 (By Surname)
Swindon & District Yearbook 1951 (Description) Swindon & District Year Book 1951 (Residents) Directory of Swindon 1970 (by Residence)
Directory of Swindon 1970 (by Name)

The Swindon & District Year Book for 1948 is quite an important document for family historians since it lists names and address of residents of the parish.  Once the 1921 Census is released for public viewing in 2022 there will be no other available Census for public view scheduled for release until the 1951 Census is released in 2052.  The 1931 Census was lost in a fire in its entirety in 1942 and there was no Census taken during 1941 due to WWII action therefore leaving a large gap between 1921 and 1951.  The National Identity Card Records of 1939 is the only other source available which could help fill the gap this is controlled by the NHS Archives it is now available to view via Find My Past but charges will apply unless you have a subscription even then strict rules apply for access.



Education Photo Gallery

A few children were educated by means of the rent of lands left in 1720 by John Hurring. The local school board was formed February 12, 1876 and was dissolved by the Education Act of 1902.

For more information about the schools in and around Stratton please read this article.

Two Schools Told to Improve by Ofsted 2016

Beechcroft School

Admissions Register 1879-1909

Grange School

Grange School Gallery

Class of 1972, Year 1          Class of 1974, Year 3

Headlands Grammar School

Headlands School Gallery

Placement Letters 1963 Workbook Cover & Timetable for Susan Lott 1963 Headlandian Magazine 1967
G.C.E. Examination Timetable 1968 Headlandian Magazine 1968 School Sports Day Programme 1968

Ruskin Junior School

Giving Pupils A Say in Their Education November 2013

St. Catherine's R.C. Primary

Parking Problem at St. Catherine's R.C. Primary 2013


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index 60 years of the Polish Community Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present
Emigration & Migration News 1900-1999 Naturalization Certificate from National Archives 1941-1954 Three Emigrant Families
Just Look at Me Now 2000  Stratton to Uganda to Fight Poverty 2014  


Employment and Business

Employment & Business Gallery 

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807           Gamekeepers Certificates 1834           Fire at the Mill 1886 

Animals and Pets


Hinders Pet Shop 1925


Apprenticeships were often advertised in local papers.  Please refer to Employment News 1800-1899 for examples

Apprentices 1711-1872 (Index)           Daniel Bezley 1720


Brown Brothers           Honda Car Plant

Pressed Steel & Rover Group

Pressed Steel & Rover Group Gallery

Pressed Steel Decision To Erect New Factory 1955 Harold Lott - Pension Documents 1959 Strike at Plant 1961
Rover - 40th Anniversary Mayors Speech 1995 Mini Car Plant Investment Boost November 2013 Mini Car Plant Staff Help Gain Award 2014 BMW Pension Changes Strike Ballot 2016              


Barclays Bank
Lloyds Bank

Beauty and Hairdressing

Tales to Make Your Hair Curl 2001           Shelf Stacker to Celebrity Hair Stylist 2014


Brewing in Stratton St. Margaret

Arkell Family and Brewery

See also articles under Kingsdown

Arkell Family Photo Gallery          Brewery Gallery

Arkell Family Overwiew Complete History of Arkell's Partnership Dissolved 1846 Probate Notice for John Arkell Deceased 1882
Dinner in a Barrel 1856 Promotional Mileage Chart 1969 Beerex Festival 1976 Obituary and Tributes to Peter Arkell 2010
Star Brewery

Star Brewery for Sale 1878

Brickmaking & Building Supplies

Location of Brickmakers           Crosby Doors

Carpentry & Sawyers

Bramhill Sawmill was just up Oxford Road on the site of the old brick works, Burden & Evergreen Closes now cover this area.

Thomas Colbourne

Cart and Wagon Builders


W. H. Hill

W. H. Hill        Advert for W. H. Hill 1928

Clothing, Footwear and Textiles

J. Compton Sons & Webb - Swindon Clothing manufacturers had a factory in Stratton which was used to produce uniforms during the wars.  The main site was in Station Road, Swindon.

Cooke's was a small boot & shoe repair shop


Post Offices          British Postal Services Appointments 1737-1969

Distribution & Warehousing

B & Q Warehouse          W. H. Smiths          


Linton & Hirst

Vickers Supermarine

Vickers Supermarine          Vickers and Phillips & PWS Salary Related Documents 1941-1945                 Harold Lott - ID Card for Vickers-Armstrong 1947          Employment Advertisment 1960          

Hovercraft trials at Vickers from British Pathe Newsreel 1961 and again in 1962

Entertainment and Hospitality

Employed as a Pirate 1980                  Madison Hotel to Close 2014

Food Preparation and Manufactureing


Location of Bakeries

Meat Processing

Brown & Knight 1961

St. Margaret's Wiltshire Bacon


Coopers Slaughterhouse

Garages, Cycle Shops, Vehicle Body Shops, Tyre Supplies and Petrol Stations

Bathwick Tyres          Esso Garage           Garages, Cycle Shops &c.          

Garden Centres & Nurseries

Blackwells Fuschia Nursery

General Business Items

Employment News 1800-1899           Local Businesses from the 1930s Onwards          More Local Businesses          List of Businesses 2014   


Les Smith Haulage


North Wilts Sanitary Steam Laundry - Hoddinott & Sons trading from 4th May 1891.  Several reported accidents and mis-treatment to animals in local press.  In 1894 a Miss Holliday brought in from London, was made manager.

Local Advertising

Advertising Gallery

Advertisement for Morse's Herbal Ointment 1854           Advertising 1900-1949          Articles For Sale 1900-1999           Adverts from the Highworth Official Guide 1950s

Medical and Scientific

Chemical Industry

Royal Society of Chemistry Award 2014


Medical License for Henry Kemble (Kembell) 1689


Steam Flour Mill – On Canal at Greenbridge, in 1891 owned by Frogley & Deacon.

Oil Industry

Oil Depot Plan 2016

Powder Works

Built for 1914-1918 war, a lot was demolished and sold off in 1931.  The rest of site was first used by the Pioneer Corps during WWII, then as a pow camp housing first Cypriots then Germans. Taken over by Plessey's after the war some of the buildings still remain, making up Kembry Park Trading Estate.    Stratton Powder Works    

Retail Shops, Butchers and Food Outlets

Shopkeeper Charlie Reynolds (Aged 96) 2012          The Shellfish Giant 2014                               


Basil Gore was the local butcher in Beechcroft Road 

Fast Food and Takeaways

Beechcroft Road - fish & chip shop next door to Gore's butchers

Newsagents and Tobacconists

Richardson & Rabbetts at Beechcroft was the well known local Newsagents, and tobacconist’s store, today occupied by a Hardware store

Stores & Supermarkets

Stores               New Aldi Store, Hobley Road 2015

Transport Services

Blue Ivory Coaches          Bus Service Axing 2000 

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