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Lea and Cleverton

"LEA, a parish in the hundred of Malmesbury, county Wilts, 2 miles S.E. of Malmesbury, its post town. It is a small agricultural parish, containing the hamlet of Cleaverton. There is a large corn-mill in the neighbourhood, worked by a small stream flowing into the Avon. The land is chiefly pasture. The soil is a sandy loam, alternating with clay. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £30, and the vicarial for £188 9s. The living is a vicarage annexed to the rectory* of Garsden, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church, dedicated to St. Giles, is an ancient edifice, with a square tower containing five bells. It is supposed to have been erected before the Conquest, and was restored in 1840. There is a free school for both sexes. The parochial charities produce about £6 per annum. There is a chapel for the Independents. 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]

Lea is 2 miles S.E. of Malmesbury. Grid Ref ST957863. Postcode SN16 9PB. Population 419 in 1831, 582 in 1951. Cleverton is a mile East of Lea.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Lea and Cleverton area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

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 Lea with Cleverton, St Giles:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1751-1905, Mar 1754-1991, Bur 1751-1943
    • BTs before surviving registers for 1605-09, 1619-23, 1632-37, 1666-79, 1707-11, 1718, 1728-1838

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