"HEDDINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Calne, county Wilts, 3 miles S. of Calne, its post town, and 3 N. of Devizes. The village, which is small, is situated under Roundaway Hill. The inhabitants are principally employed in agriculture. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £53 10s., and the rectorial for one of £263 148. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Sarum, value £239. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a stone edifice with a square pinnacled tower. It has an ancient copy of the "Book of Martyrs", presented in 1628. The parochial charities produce about £10 per annum. There is a parochial school for both sexes, and a chapel for the Wesleyans. Here is said to have been the site of the Roman station Verlucio, where coins, urns, &c., have been found. There is also a camp at Bagdon Hill."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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Prior to 1858 Heddington fell under the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire for probate purposes. The records are held at the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives.
Adrian Parry has kindly provided transcripts of the inventory of William Lanfere, senior, of Heddington (1703), the will of Joan Lanfear, of Heddington (1725/1728), the will of Richard Lanfere, of Heddington (1626), and the will of William Lanfere, of Heddington (1671/1682).