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"COLERNE, a parish in the hundred of Chippenham, in the county of Wilts, 8 miles S.W. of Chippenham, and 2 N. of the Box station of the Great Western line. The village is situated on the ancient Fosse Way, and was burnt in 17 70, but has been rebuilt. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £92, in the patronage of the Warden of New College, Oxford. The church, which is situated on a hill, is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It is an ancient edifice, partly in the Gothic and partly in the Norman styles of architecture. The charities amount to £32 per annum, besides 25 acres of allotment ground. The Independents have a place of worship, and there are National schools for both sexes. The manorial rights are vested in the scholars of New College, Oxford. There are ancient camps at Colerne Down and Colerne Park."

[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.

  • Indexes and registers of the parish church of Colerne, St John the Baptist:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1628-1957, Mar 1560-1986, Bur 1661-1959
    • IGI Chr 1560-1757 Batch C058182, Chr 1758-1876 Batch C058181, Mar 1560-1753 Batch M058182, Mar 1754-1837 Batch M058181
    • VRI Chr 1876-1909, Mar 1837-1906
    • Phillimore Marriages 1560-1575, 1640-1651 & 1661-1812 (vols 4 & 5)
  • Indexes and registers of the church of Colerne, Independent Congregational:

    • IGI Chr 1801-1837 Batch C077721

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Historical Geography

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  • Population was 931 in 1831, 2,035 in 1951.



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