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About The Project

The OPC Project concept was the original idea of family historians in Cornwall who launched the first OPC project;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are several now more counties taking part.  The idea is to assist those who are researching their family history in a specific parish who might otherwise have difficulty accessing information at record offices, etc.  The Wiltshire OPC Project began tentatively in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength.  Information is organised by the historic Church of England parishes within the county.  Although there is a strong focus on genealogical information, we also include historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated from time to time.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.          Put a face to the name - meet your OPC Team.      

   

Surname Interests

We have decided to create some files via Facebook to accommodate those members who would like to register their surname interests.  

 

Photo Galleries

We must apologise for anyone using the photo galleries at present.  We are still adding to these galleries but sadly the facility to sort in any particular order has been withdrawn by Google Photos which is how we at present display out images.  Also in some cases the labelling of the image itself is not showing up.  This is mainly due to the creation of new galleries.  Anything added to a previously active gallery still shows this labelling.  The OPC Webmaster and team are looking into alternatives to enable us to publish our photos and have control over the order they are seen.  Many thanks for your patience whilst this is being sorted.

 

A Little Information About Using This Website  

As mentioned previously information is laid out within parishes.  There is also a page to cover the whole of the county and also a military page which relates to the county as a whole.  There are also pages for research inquiries and other general information just explore the drop down menus at the top of the page.  Most pages follow a set layout to assist you in finding information quickly under categories which have a set order.  The Categories are Neighbouring Parishes (Contiguous); Websites; Parish Church; Parish History; Buildings & Land; Crime & Legal Matters; Directories; Education; Emigration & Migration; Employment & Business; Miscellaneous Items; Non Conformity & Other Places of Worship; People & Parish Notables; Poor Law, Charity & The Workhouse; Probate; War, Conflict and Military.  Under Transcriptions at the bottom of the page can be found any Baptisms, Marriages, Burials & Census that have been completed.  Categories will contain sub headings but these should be selective and contain a series of documents of the same kind such as parishioners wills.  The documents themselves will normally follow a layout of oldest items first reading from left to right in columns of 3 or 4 items per row.  The documents are linked to a pdf format and the title should be descriptive but concise so that you can see what you are likely to find within.  Where there is a tithing or hamlet that has a fair amount of information these will have a tab (page) within that parish towards the end of the page.  Photo Galleries can be found by following the links on parish pages or by accessing the main gallery section at the top of the page.   The most recent parishes or items updated or expanded can be found by clicking on the images under the 3 headings towards the top of the home page.  

Although most items are published on parish pages please also check the Wiltshire Additional Parish Page, Wiltshire County Wide Page, Wiltshire Military Page and the Nationwide Page.  All of these may contain additional information not published on a parish page.  

Due to the nature of the project some pages will hold more information than others.  New items are being added to the site daily.

As you can see from the Memorial Days Section to the right of the page we are adding as many soldiers memorial days as we can.  If anyone knows of soldiers whose deaths are not yet listed please let the admin team know.  You may check which names are included by browsing through the calendar facility on this page.  

 

What is an OPC?

An OPC (on-line parish clerk) is a volunteer member of the public who "adopts" a parish in Wiltshire becoming its custodian.  The OPC is then able to research the parish and transcribe historical and genealogical information for that particular parish which may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  Our motto is "What may or may not be of interest to you, will be of interest to others".  This information is gathered from many different sources, for example, parish registers, census records, churchwardens and overseers accounts, historical wills, business and trade directories, church and village histories, newspaper reports, war casualty lists, etc.  An on-line parish clerk should not be confused with a parish clerk engaged by a parish council or parochial church council.    

 

Adopt a Parish and Become an OPC

Firstly, you do not need to live in Wiltshire, or even in the UK, to become an OPC.  We have OPC's in Australia, Canada, Holland, England, New Zealand, India, Scotland and several in Wiltshire itself!  Some OPC's choose to adopt a particular parish because their ancestors hailed from that village or town or because they once lived there themselves; some just want to be part of a voluntary project to help family history researchers worldwide.  Others choose their parish because of a subject interest such as Australian Soldiers of WWI buried in the county.  Once you adopt a parish then you become its custodian by researching and building on the resources on the parish page.  Even if a parish is adopted then other contributors are still welcome to submit items for inclusion.           More about Volunteering

You may feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, but you can still support the Wiltshire OPC project by:-

  • donating information you may have at home - school photographs, directories, village history booklets - in fact, any historical information on a Wiltshire parish
  • transcribing - we can email records to you to transcribe at home at your own pace
  • taking photographs in Wiltshire - war memorials, buildings, village scenes, plaques, etc. 

If you would like to help with any of the above please contact the OPC of the parish you can help with or if the parish is vacant, contact our Administrator.  Please note that you will need to register and sign in to contact OPC's/Administrator (via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page)            

For a complete list of vacant parishes and other positions you could help with please visit our Vacancy page          For Items needing to be transcribed please visit our Resources Page

 

IDMISTON - Parish of the Month

Idmiston
 

Idmiston - Bridge Over The River Bourne
Here the River Bourne crosses under Church Street
Copyright Chris Talbot (geograph.org.uk/p/782769)

IDMISTON, a parish in the hundred of Alderbury, county Wilts, 7 N.E. of Salisbury, its post town, and 5½ S.E. of Amesbury. It is situated on the Bourne branch of the river Avon, and contains the tythings of Porton and Shripple, and the hamlets of Ford and Gomeldon. The village is very irregularly built and wholly agricultural. There is a narrow strip of land on each side of the river, and the unenclosed down is valuable as pasture. The tithes were commuted for corn-rents under an Enclosure Act in 1794. The living is a vicarage with the curacy of Porton annexed, in the diocese of Sarum, value £260, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient structure with a square wooden tower containing four bells. In the interior are several monuments, one of which is to the Rev. John Bowle, the Spanish scholar and editor of the Spanish "Don Quixote". The Wesleyans have a place of worship. The parochial charities produce about £3 per annum. William Beach, Esq., is lord of the manor. There are several barrows and tumuli.

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

IDMISTON has an entry on GENUKI and Vision of Britain. The parish is not specifically included in British History Online but there are various references, details held by Wikipedia can be found here.  The parish is also listed on the British Listed Buildings website and the parish council also has its own Website.

Tony Goodenough is the OPC for this parish. This is a list of items transcribed for the parish. If anyone has any photographs, postcards or items of interest that they are willing to share then please contact the administrator or OPC from the contact us drop down lists..

Items already published for Idmiston may be viewed here 

Site Statistics

During August 2017 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 202 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New and updated documents added as we go through August 2017 will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  At present it is estimated that we have in the region of 5000 items awaiting upload, revamping or transcribing (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).

At the beginning of each month the site holdings list is updated to show what can be found on parish pages and elsewhere on the site at present we have over 20800 items on parish pages.  Items highlighted in green have been updated; Those highlighted in red or yellow are being re-transcribed and are available for look up purposes those in lilac are planned revamp items; the original upload date is in the left hand column, the date when the item was uploaded with changes is in the right hand column. 

We currently have 62 OPC's and 6 Consultants who cover between them about a third of the parishes/pages of the 334 available.   We also have 9 transcribers registered (not all active at present).  

The site currently has over 415 registered returning users (figures reduced after removal of expired accounts) and the web site has been visited over 331500 times.

 

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Copyright & Disclaimer

We think it is important that our users understand the strengths and limitations of this website.  The OPC Project aims to provide historical and genealogical information without charge that researchers might pay a fee for elsewhere.  OPC's voluntarily provide this information, often at their own expense by purchasing documents to transcribe.  In most cases their transcriptions are not checked by anyone other than themselves.   

Our OPC’s and volunteers are aware that material submitted for this site must be within copyright law and accreditation must be given where necessary.  Our Administrator checks items as they are submitted, however, occasionally an item may ‘slip through the net.’  If this occurs, we apologise most sincerely and will correct the issue immediately upon notification.

We don't guarantee to be perfect!  All information should be taken as a guide only and the original source consulted wherever possible.  In many cases this will be the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.   Please note that some items are published to parish pages and are incomplete, such items will be updated as and when new information is transcribed.  These are mainly ongoing projects such as the national probate index, strays index, etc.

Please note that OPC's are unable to undertake family history research for our users, but we are always willing, where possible, to advise where the information being sought might be found.

If you find this site useful please tell others - if you have a problem with it then please tell us.  Users of the site are invited to leave comments/constructive criticism &c. in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book.  You may also rate the page using the star option on each parish page.  Thank you.  

 

Please Consider Helping Us Improve This Website - We Ask For No Financial Donations - Just a Little Time or Some Photographs or Documents that you are willing to share with us.

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*Bremhill, Chicklade & Salisbury - On this day in 1762 WILLIAM LISLE BOWLES, Poet, Critic & Clergyman was born in King's Sutton, Northamptonshire. He had strong connections to all three parishes.
Sun Sep 24
Donhead St. Mary - On this day in 1942 Signalman HAROLD JOHN ANTELL gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Sep 24
Luckington - On this day in 1917 Gunner HENRY FREDERICK HALLIDAY gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 25
!On this day in 1915 Battle of Loos commenced, lasted until 15th October. 59,000 British & 26,000 German casualties
Mon Sep 25
Aldbourne & Baydon - On this day in 1915 Private OLIVER JOHN RAZEY gave his life for his country - RIP
Mon Sep 25
Aldbourne - On this day in 1915 Private JOHN EATWELL gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Alton Barnes & Alton Priors - On this day in 1915 Private FREDERICK WARWICK gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Bratton & East Coulston - On this day in 1915 Private FRANK PEARCE gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 25
Bratton - On this day in 1915 Private ERNEST LESLIE MOORE gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 25
Bremhill - On this day in 1918 Gunner TOM PONTING gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Chippenham & Minety - On this day in 1915 Private TOM CANTER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Lance Corporal ALFRED GEORGE HUNT gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel MAURICE GORDON HEATH gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Sergeant PERCY POWELL gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Codford St. Peter - On this day in 1915 Private ALBERT FREDERICK WARD gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 25
Dinton & Fonthill Gifford - On this day in 1915 Private GEORGE FURNELL gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 25
Donhead St. Andrew - On this day in 1915 Lieutenant CECIL DASHWOOD MILMAN FOWLER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Hankerton - On this day in 1915 Lance Corporal ALFRED CHARLES HAYES gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 25
Hindon - on this day in 1915 Private ALBERT GEORGE BURT gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 25
Yatesbury - On this day in 1918 Private HERBERT HARRY TALBOT gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 25
Yatton Keynell - On this day in 1817 Soldier WILLIAM EARLE GODFREY died on active service. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Allington & Boscombe - On this day in 1915 Private ERNEST EDWARD EDMUNDS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Sep 26
!On this day in 1918 Battle of the Argonne commenced it was the final major battle of WWI lasting until 11 November 1918
Tue Sep 26
!On this day in 1972 the American Museum of Immigration opened on Liberty Island, New York. It closed in 1991 when a new museum opened on Ellis Island.
Tue Sep 26
Berwick Bassett, Heddington & Winterbourne Monkton - On this day in 1915 Rifleman JOHN HENRY PEARCE gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Chippenham (Allington) - On this day in 1915 Private RICHARD EDWARD JOHN (JACK) WILKINS gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Captain GEOFFREY MERVYN UNDERHILL WILSON gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Private EDWARD H. CARVEY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Sep 26
Chippenham - On this day in 1916 Private FRANK MORTIMER WEBB gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Donhead St. Mary & Tollard Royal - On this day in 1917 Private BERTIE HAROLD BENNETT gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
East Harnham - On this day in 1915 Corporal FREDERICK WILLIAM STOKES gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Sep 26
North Bradley - On this day in 1916 Gunner WALTER FRANK WEBB gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1917 Private ALBERT GEORGE YEATES gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Sutton Veny - On this day in 1915 Lance Corporal HAROLD CHARLES COOPER gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Warminster - On this day in 1915 Private WALLIS WALTER PRINCE gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 26
Worton & Marston - On this day in 1915 Private HERBERT A. DUNFORD gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Sep 27
!On this day in 1694 A hurricane hits Carlisle Bay Barbados; 27 British ships sink & 3,000 die
Wed Sep 27
*Aldbourne - On this day in 1956 GERALD FINZI, composer & musicographer died in hospital at Oxford. He was a resident of the parish.
Wed Sep 27
Aldbourne - On this day in 1918 Lieutenant WILLIAM HEDGES, MC gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Sep 27
Alderton & Box - On this day in 1918 Private PERCY JASPER GARLAND GODWIN gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Sep 27
Amesbury - On this day in 1940 Company Sergeant Major & Custodian of Stonehenge FRANCIS HENRY ROLLAND died. RIP
Wed Sep 27
Avebury - On this day in 1918 Private WILLIAM JAMES BOWSHER gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed Sep 27
Blackland - On this day in 1917 Major SIDNEY MILES TOPPIN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 27
Bremhill & Calne - On this day in 1915 Private FREDERICK HERBERT SUMMERS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 27
Charlton (Malmesbury) - Between 27th September and 10th October 1915 Private FREDERICK GEORGE GREEN gave his life for his country. RIP
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Chippenham - On this day in 1914 Private ROBERT BLANCHARD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 27
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private WILLIAM FRANCIS EMERY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 27
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private WILLIAM ROSE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 27
Compton Chamberlayne - On this day in 1915 Private ARTHUR HENRY JAMES COOMBS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 27
Durrington - On this day in 1918 Private CYRIL BACHELOR/BATCHELOR gave his life for his country. RIP
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*Aldbourne & Bishops Cannings - On this day in 1977 writer Ida Gandy died in Oxfordshire. She lived for many years in Aldbourne and was born in Bishops Cannings. She is buried in the churchyard at Aldbourne
Thu Sep 28
Ashton Keynes & Cherhill - On this day in 1918 Gunner THOMAS GRUBB gave his life for his country. RIP
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Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1917 Private HENRY SAMUEL HART gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Sep 28
Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1918 Company Quartermaster Sergeant WILFRED PERCY BURNETT gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Sep 28
Charlton (Malmesbury) - Between 27th September and 10th October 1915 Private FREDERICK GEORGE GREEN gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Sep 28
Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Corporal FRED HUDD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Sep 28
Stratton St. Margaret (Kingsdown) - On this day in 1917 Gunner ARTHUR GEORGE MAPSON gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Sep 28
Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1916 Private LEWIS EDWIN KENNEWELL gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Sep 28
Yatton Keynell - On this day in 1944 Lance Bombardier HERBERT SAMUEL VAUGHAN gave his life for his country.
Fri Sep 29
Aldbourne & Upavon - On this day in 1918 - Private BERTIE MAYNARD gave his life for his country - RIP
Fri Sep 29
Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1917 Gunner ALBERT VICTOR MILLARD gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Sep 29
Charlton (Malmesbury) - Between 27th September and 10th October 1915 Private FREDERICK GEORGE GREEN gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Sep 29
Chippenham & Marlborough (College) - On this day in 1915 Captain EVELYN SEPPINGS WILSON gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Sep 29
Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Lance Corporal FREDERICK BERTRAM PINFIELD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Sep 29
Holt - On this day in 1915 Private WILLIAM EDWARD HODGES gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Sep 29
Stratton St. Margaret (Upper Stratton) - On this day in 1918 Able Seaman JABEZ HALE STAPLES gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Sep 29
Stratton St. Margaret (Upper Stratton) - On this day in 1918 Private FREDERICK CHARLES SMITH gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Sep 29
Swallowcliffe & Winterbourne Dauntsey - On this day in 1915 Private HAROLD CHARLES MAY gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Sep 29
Tollard Royal - On this day in 1917 Gunner FREDERICK SWEETING gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Sep 29
Tollard Royal - On this day in 1918 Private HARRY EDWARD CASE gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat Sep 30
Charlton (Malmesbury) - Between 27th September and 10th October 1915 Private FREDERICK GEORGE GREEN gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat Sep 30
Downton & East Harnham - On this day in 1915 Sergeant ALBERT EDWARD CARD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Oct 01
Ansty - On this day in 1944 Leading Aircraftman GEORGE FRANK BROWN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Oct 01
Bramshaw - On this day in 1881 Lieutenant Colonel Eustace Heathcote died at home whilst serving with the armed forces. RIP
Sun Oct 01
Charlton (Malmesbury) - Between 27th September and 10th October 1915 Private FREDERICK GEORGE GREEN gave his life for his country. RIP