"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

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Brokenborough area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.




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.