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Bishopstone (near Wilton)

"BISHOPSTONE, a parish in the hundred of Downton, in the county of Wilts, 4 miles to the S. of Wilton. Salisbury is its post town. It contains the hamlet of Throope, and several others. The living is a vicarage* and sinecure rectory in the diocese of Salisbury, of the value of £806, in the patronage of the Earl of Pembroke. The church, which once belonged to the priory of Monkton Farleigh, is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It is a handsome structure in the form of a cross, in the decorated style of architecture, and has a finely decorated ceiling, some canopied niches, and two stone coffins, in which were deposited the remains of bishops. The parochial charities, consisting of a bequest for the benefit of the school, amount to £12 a year. There is a parochial day-school and a Sunday-school, the latter built by the present rector, the Rev. Chancellor Lear."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

There is another Bishopstone in North Wiltshire, near Swindon.



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Church Records

  • Common to all parishes is a Key to Abbreviations and a description of Church Records and Indexes for Wiltshire, including a complete Marriage Index for the county.

  • Indexes and registers of the parish church of Bishopstone (nr. Wilton, South Wilts), St John the Baptist:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1636-1986, Mar 1636-1985, Bur 1636-1987
    • IGI Chr 1636-1654 Batch C057922, Chr 1700-1731 Batch C057922, Chr 1732-1875 Batch C057921,
      Mar 1636-1654 and 1700-1731 Batch M057922, Mar 1732-1880 Batch M057921
    • VRI Chr 1654-1699, Mar 1654-1699
    • Wiltshire Index Service Burials 1636-1732 & 1800-1837
  • Dot Gulliver has transcribed Bishopstone parish registers from 1636 to 1910 for baptisms and 1636-1920 for marriages and burials. They can be viewed on the Wiltshire OPC site. See also the announcement on the Guild of One-Name Studies Forum Dec 2005.

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Historical Geography

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU071258 (Lat/Lon: 51.031462, -1.900144), Bishopstone which are provided by:



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