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"PORTON, a chapelry in the parish of Idmiston, hundred of Alderbury, county Wilts, 6 miles N.E. of Salisbury, its post town, and 5 S.E. of Amesbury. It is a station on the South-Western railway. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on a branch of the river Avon, and is wholly agricultural. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage of Idmiston, in the diocese of Sarum. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient edifice, with a wooden belfry."

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

Porton was in the parish of Idminston, and is 5 miles NE of Salisbury. Grid Ref SU190365. Population 185 in 1831.


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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 Porton, St Nicholas:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1813-1984, Mar 1754-1990, Bur none - but see Idmiston
    • BTs - included with Idmiston
    • IGI Chr 1813-1885 Batch C152121, Mar 1754-1895 Batch M152121
    • VRI Chr 1880-1885, Mar 1901

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