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Great Wishford

"GREAT WISHFORD, a parish in the hundred of Branch, county Wilts, 3½ miles N.W. of Wilton, and 6 N.W. of Salisbury. It is a station on the Great Western railway. The village is situated on the road from Salisbury to Bath, and on the Willey stream, which runs through the parish. The soil is in general chalky. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Salisbury, value £472. The church, dedicated to St. Giles, was enlarged in 1829. In the interior are monuments of Sir Richard Grobham, and of Thomas Bonham, Esq., once lord of the manors. The register commences in 1558. The charities produce about £180 per annum, of which £65 is the endowment of Sir R. Howe's school, and £80 of the 4 almshouses founded by Sir R. Grobham in 1628; the remainder is applied to the apprenticing of poor children and gifts to 10 poor families on Christmas Eve. The Earl of Pembroke is lord of the manor."

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



  • St Giles, South Street, Church of England


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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 Great Wishford, St Giles:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1559-1983, Mar 1558-1982, Bur 1559-1922
    • BTs from 1602, with gaps
    • IGI Mar 1558-1895 Batch M152281
    • VRI Chr 1558-1906

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