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North Wraxall

"NORTH WRAXALL, a parish in the hundred of Chippenham, county Wilts, 7 miles N.W. of Chippenham, and 9 N.E. of Bath. It is situated on the line of the ancient Akeman Street, now the high road to Chippenham, and includes the hamlets of Upper Wraxall and Ford, at which latter place is a water-mill. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £485. The church, dedicated to St. James, contains tombs of the Yonges and Methuens. There is a National school. Lord Methuen is lord of the manor."

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

North Wraxall is 7 miles W of Chippenham. Grid Ref ST818750. Population 415 in 1831, 311 in 1951.


  • 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

  • Photos of the Church of North Wraxall and of the nearby church of Tormarton, Gloucestershire, are provided by Phil Draper on his Church Crawler web site. He has a set of photographs of the exterior and interior, with an interesting commentary on the architecture, memorials, font, pulpit and reredos.

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 North Wraxall, St James:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1677-1992, Mar 1677-1992, Bur 1677-1992
    • BTs before surviving registers for 1605, 1609, 1620-23, 1632-36, 1666-68, 1673-
    • IGI Chr 1677-1885 Batch C152511
    • VRI Chr 1677-1906, Mar 1677-1837

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of North Wraxall which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which North Wraxall 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 ST818750 (Lat/Lon: 51.473616, -2.263455), North Wraxall 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.