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Ebbesbourne Wake

"EBBESBORNE WAKE, a parish in the hundred of Chalk, county Wilts, 8 miles E. of Shaftesbury, and 12 S.W. of Salisbury, its post town. It is situated on the Salisbury Downs, near the banks of the river Ebell. Where not occupied by the downs, the land is chiefly arable, and produces good crops, being a mixture of clay and chalk. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Salisbury, value £130, in the patronage of the Succentor in Salisbury Cathedral. The church is an ancient Norman structure, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The Independents have a place of worship, and there is a National school for both sexes. Lord Pembroke is lord of the manor."

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



  • Meers, Peter - Ebbesbourne Wake through the ages, 2nd edn 2003. Published by Peter Meers, Dial Cottage, Ebbesbourne Wake, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5JF.

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 Ebbesbourne Wake, St John the Baptist:

  • Indexes and registers of the church of Ebbesbourne Wake, Independent:

    • IGI Chr 1783-1837 Batch C077771 (RG4 2368)

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  • Population was 278 in 1831, 221 in 1951.



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