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"LYNEHAM, a parish in the hundred of Kingsbridge, county Wilts, 4 miles S.W. of Wootton Bassett, and 7 N.E. of Chippenham, its post town. The Wilts and Berks canal and Great Western railway pass to the N. of the parish. A priory of Augustine monks was founded near the village of Clack in this parish about the middle of the 12th century. The site is now occupied by a farmhouse called Bradenstoke Abbey. There are still traces of the old conventual buildings. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Salisbury, value £270. The church is an ancient structure dedicated to St. Michael, and has some monuments. Brome's free school is endowed with land producing £40. The other charities amount to about £60 per annum. The Baptists and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel, and there is a National school. G. H. W. Heneage, Esq., is lord of the manor. Lyneham Court is the principal residence."

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

Lyneham or Lineham is 4 miles SW of Wootton Bassett. Grid Ref SU023787. Postcode SN15 4DQ. Population 1,030 in 1831, 2,430 in 1951. Site of a military airfield. Lyneham included Bradenstoke and the hamlet of Clack, in the West of the parish.

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 Lyneham, St Michael:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1653-1957, Mar 1653-1990, Bur 1653-1921
    • BTs before surviving registers for 1605-06, 1622-25, 1633
  • Indexes and registers of the church of Lyneham, Clack Independent:

    • IGI Chr 1810-1836 Batch C077841 (RG4 2236)

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