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"SHALBOURNE, a parish chiefly in the hundred of Kinwardstone, county Wilts, and partly in the hundred of Kintbury-Eagle, county Berks, 4 miles S.W. of Hungerford, its post town, and 10 S.E. of Marlborough. The parish comprises the tythings of Bagshot, Newtown, and Westcourt. The village is situated in a valley near Wansdyke, and is chiefly agricultural. It is watered by a stream which turns several mills in its course. The substratum abounds in green, white, and red sandstone, and is supposed to contain coal. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Oxford, value £428, in the patronage of the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient structure with a square tower. The parochial charities produce about £13 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes, built entirely at the expense of T. Kingston, Esq. On the edge of the down, a continuance of Salisbury Plain, is a tumulus."

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

NB. Prior to 1895 part of the parish of Shalbourne was in Berkshire. Please see Shalbourne in Berkshire for further information.


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Historical Geography

  • Shalbourne was in the hundreds of Kinwardstone, Wiltshire and Kintbury Eagle, Berkshire.
  • The Berkshire portions of the parish were transferred to Wiltshire in 1895.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Shalbourne was in the Hungerford Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.


  • Population (township in Wiltshire) was 410 in 1831, 609 in 1951.



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