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"HARDENHUISH, (or Harnish), a parish in the hundred of Chippenham, county Wilts, 1½ mile N.W. of Chippenham, its post town. The village, which is situated near the Great Western railway, is small and wholly agricultural. The Great Western railway skirts the parish, and a branch of the Kennet and Avon canal terminates within a mile of it. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £92 10s. The substratum is principally limestone. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £90. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is situated on a hill, and is partly overspread with ivy. In the churchyard is the tomb of Thorpe, and a monument of white marble to Ricardo, the political economist. Here is a free school, supported by E. Clutterbuck, Esq. Hardenhuish Hall, the principal residence, is the seat of the Clutterbucks."

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



  • If you have been unable to find the 1841 census for this parish, Wiltshire and Swindon Archives website provides the answer as one of their Wiltshire History Questions.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Hardenhuish area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • St Nicholas's Church website has description, photos, index and location of burials, details of war memorial and Rolls of Honour for both World Wars.

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 Hardenhuish, St Nicholas:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1730-1970, Mar 1730-1991, Bur 1730-1975
    • BTs before surviving registers for 1607, 1620-23, 1632, 1665-79, 1707, 1717-18, 1727-1730
    • IGI Chr 1730-1885 Batch C152481, Mar 1607-1730 Batch M152482 from BTs
    • VRI Chr 1607-1904, Mar 1607-1895
    • Wiltshire Index Service Burials 1730-1837

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.