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"BROKENBOROUGH, a parish and village in the hundred of Malmesbury, in the county of Wilts, 2 miles to the N.W. of Malmesbury, of which borough it forms part. It is a very ancient place, having been a Roman settlement, and was called by the Saxons Caerderberge. The kings of Wessex had a seat here. The parish is on the border of Gloucestershire, and is crossed by the ancient Way called Akeman Street, near which fragments of Roman pavements have been found. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the vicarage of Westport, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. There is a small charity school, and the parochial charities are Worth £3 a year. The Earl of Suffolk is lord of the manor."

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


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 . We are not aware of any indexes for this specific parish.

  • Registers of the parish church of Brokenborough, St John the Baptist:
    (for earlier entries see Malmesbury, Westport St Mary)

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1696-1909, Mar 1718-1744 and 1934-1966, Bur 1697-1992

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Brokenborough which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brokenborough has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST916893 (Lat/Lon: 51.602428, -2.122699), Brokenborough which are provided by:

Probate Records

Prior to 1858 Brokenborough fell under the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire for probate purposes. The records are held at the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives.

Adrian Parry has kindly provided transcripts of the wills and other probate documents of Elizabeth Pitt (1617), Daniel Pitt (1670), and Henry Pitt (1745), all from Brokenborough.


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.