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"HEYTESBURY, (or Heytesbury cum Tytherington) a parish and post town in the hundred of Heytesbury, county Wilts, 4 miles S.E. of Warminster, and 18 N.W. of Salisbury. It is a station on the Wilts and Somerset railway, in connection with the Great Western railway. The parish is situated on the banks of the river Wiley, near Salisbury Plain, and was formerly a market town and a borough by prescription, returning two members to parliament from the reign of Henry VI. until it was disfranchised by the Reform Act. The town, which is small, and irregularly built, consists chiefly of one street.


A portion of the inhabitants are employed in the manufacture of woollen cloths, but this industry has recently much declined. Near the town are Bowles-Burrow, Golden Barrow, Scratchbury Camp, Cotley Hill, and Knook Castle, where Roman and other remains have been found. A court-leet is held at Michaelmas, at which two constables and two tythingmen for the town are chosen, also similar officers for the hundred, which is co-extensive with the manor. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to that of Knook, in the diocese of Sarum, joint value £350, in the patronage of the Bishop of Salisbury.


The church, dedicated to SS. Peter and Paul, was made collegiate in 1165 by Bishop Joseline, and was rebuilt by the Hungerfords in 1404. It is of a cruciform construction, with a tower containing six bells. The charity called Lady Hungerford's hospital was founded in 1470, and rebuilt in 1769. It is designed for a custos, twelve males, and one female. There is a National school, also a place of worship for the Independents. A short distance from the town is Heytesbury House, the seat of Lord Heytesbury, a title conferred on Sir William A'Court in 1828. A fair is held annually on the 14th May."

[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 Heytesbury, St Peter & St Paul:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1653-1987, Mar 1654-1999, Bur 1653-1987
    • BTs before surviving registers for 1582-85, 1594, 1603. 1606-40
    • IGI Chr 1653-1858 Batch C152371, Mar 1653-1895 Batch M152371
    • VRI Chr 1582-1880
    • Phillimore Marriages 1654-1837 (vol 10)
  • Indexes and registers of the church of Heytesbury, Independent Congregational:

    • IGI Chr 1811-1837 Batch C077791 (RG4 2592)

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