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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.

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

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