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Great Chalfield

"GREAT CHALFIELD, a parish in the hundred of Bradford, in the county of Wilts, 7 miles from Bath, and 4 from the Melksham station of the Great Western railway. It is situated on a branch of the river Avon, and includes the extra-parochial liberties of Little Chalfield and Cottles. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury, value £162, in the patronage of Lady Neale. The church is dedicated to St. Catherine. The manor-house, erected in the reign of Henry VI., is a fine specimen of the Tudor style of architecture."

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

Great Chalfield is also known as Chalfield Magna.



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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 Chalfield Magna, All Saints:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1545-1991, Mar 1608-1993, Bur 1581-1985
    • BTs with gaps from 1607
    • IGI (as Great Chalfield) Chr 1545-1812 Batch C152811
    • VRI (as Great Chalfield) Chr 1545-1845, Mar 1607-1848

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