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"NORTH and SOUTH SAVERNAKE, an ecclesiastical district in the hundreds of Kinwardstone and Selkley, county Wilts, 2 miles S.E. of Marlborough, and 8 from Hungerford. It is a station on the Hungerford branch of the Great Western railway. It is situated in Savernake Forest, which is 16 miles in circumference, and formerly belonged to Queen Eleanor. It was granted to the Seymour family, through whom it came to the Marquis of Ailesbury, of Savernake Lodge and Tottenham Park. The two hamlets are extra parochial. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Sarum, value £150. The church, situated at Cadley, was erected at the sole expense of the Marquis of Ailesbury. There is a National school for both sexes, also built at the expense of the same nobleman."

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

Savernake Forest was a large extra-parochial area, running from Marlborough to 3 miles South-East. Grid Ref SU226667. Postcode SN8 3BB. Population 110 in 1831, 355 in 1951.

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 Savernake, Christ Church:
    (parish created 1854 from part of Preshute)

  • Indexes and registers of the parish church of Savernake Forest, St Katherine (parish created 1864 from part of Great Bedwin, Little Bedwin and Burbage)

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