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"FOVANT, a parish in the hundred of Cawden, county Wilts, 6 miles S.W. of Wilton, and 10 W. of Salisbury, its post town. The Dinton station, on the Salisbury and Exeter branch of the London and South-Western railway, is 2 miles N.E. of the village. The river Avon flows-through the parish. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Salisbury, value £465. The church, an ancient edifice with a tower of noble proportions, is dedicated to St. George, and has an antique brass. The register commences in 1541. The charities are about £2 per annum.' There is a National school."

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




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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 Fovant, St George:

  • Indexes and registers of the church of Fovant, Independent:

    • IGI Chr 1816-1836 Batch C077781 (RG4 2369)

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  • Population was 553 in 1831, 416 in 1951.



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