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Market Lavington

"MARKET LAVINGTON, (or East Lavington), a parish and small market town in the hundred of Swanborough, county Wilts, 6 miles S. of Devizes, its post town and nearest railway station. It is situated in a valley at the foot of the chalk hills which form the northern boundary of Salisbury Plain. The town consists chiefly of one long street. The houses are irregularly built, but commodious. The trade is chiefly in corn and malt. A court baron for the manor is held twice a year. The Dean and Canons of Christ Church, Oxford, are appropriators of the great tithes.


The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Salisbury, value £300, in the patronage of Christ Church, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient edifice conspicuously situated on an eminence W. of the town, from which circumstance the latter is popularly called Steeple-Lavington. The charities consist of bequests by the Sainsbury family, for the benefit of the poor. The Baptists and Independents have each a chapel. There is a National school. Dr. Thomas Tanner, Bishop of St. Asaph, and author of the "Notitia Monastica", was born in this parish in 1674, his father being vicar at that time."

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

Market Lavington or East Lavington is 6 miles South of Devizes. Grid Ref SU014541. Postcode SN10 4DU. Population 1,525 in 1831, 1,202 in 1951

Archives and Libraries

  • Market Lavington Village Museum website: The home of the Museum is the Old Schoolmaster's House, built in 1846, which illustrates village life and work mainly from Victorian times to the present day. Market Lavington has had professional photographers since 1880 and their efforts record every aspect of farms, malting, brick making, transport and gardening as well as highlights of village life. Such records bring to life the exhibits, including a fine collection of clothes and needlework.


  • 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 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 Market Lavington, St Mary:

  • A transcription of Burial records 1865-2001 on computer disk in Excel format is available for £15 sterling from the church. Postal address 14, Church Street, Market Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 4DT.

  • Indexes and registers of the church of Market Lavington, Independent:

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Market Lavington has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU014541 (Lat/Lon: 51.285982, -1.981327), Market Lavington which are provided by:


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.