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Rowde - The OPC is John Pope

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Rowde Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bishops Cannings - Bromham - Devizes St. John - Devizes St. Mary - Melksham - Potterne - Poulshot - Seend


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Rowde.
Rowde village - Parish Website.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
Gazetteer of British Place names - Entry for Rowde.


The Parish Church of St. Matthew

The church has a perpendicular tower , but the nave was rebuilt in 1833 and the chancel restored in 1892.  It contains a squint and there is a font designed by Sir Digby Wyatt, who was a native of the village. [source: The Little Guide, published 1949]

St. Matthew's Gallery          St. Matthew's Interior Gallery         St. Matthew's Churchyard Gallery          St. Matthew's Churchyard Memorial  Survey (80% complete)

Church Monuments

Robert Jefferies 1735          Benjamin Stephens 1784           Eleazor Webbe 1647           Edgar Webb 1674          Samuel Webb 1739 

General Church Items

Contents of the Parish Chest 1708            

Parish Officials                                

A list of early Rowde Rectors              Parish Officials 1616-1756             Vicars List

Parish Register Transcripts




1661-1749           1750-1811



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1606-1960
Marriages 1606-1990
Burials 1606-1955 


Parish History

Rowde (Old English , rhoed = reedy place) lies on the road from Devizes to Chippenham at the foot of Roundway Down. On the road to Chippenham, north of the village, is the Bell, which is a fine old house dated 1698. [source: The Little Guide, published 1949]

John Aubrey's North Wilts 1659

Civil Registrations

1837 - Present Devizes Registration District

Weather Conditions

This note was found in the parish register of 1703:-   1703 'november ye 27th there happened the most dreadful tempest which was ever know in the memory of man'

Rowde Postcards

If you hold any pre 1930's postcards which you are willing to contribute to this section please contact me. Thank you

Postcard Gallery


Buildings and Land

Domesday Book Extract British Listed Buildings Old Field Names Inquisitions of Lands Held 1433
Property to Be Let 1700-1799 Game Certificates 1839 Tithe Awards 1841 Game Certificates 1849
Owners of Land 1873      


John & George Gee to Moore/Bernard 1729          John & George Gee to Browne 1733          Release of Land, Axford to Adlam 1772

Housing Developments

Build Homes at Malthouse Farm 2017

Property for Sale by Auction

Freehold Property for Auction 1839 


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811

Property for Sale

Principal Wing at Rowde Court for Sale 2019

Property Sales by Auction

Property Auctions 1700-1799 Property Sale by Auction 1768 Property Sale by Auction 1794
Property Sale by Auction 1797 Property Sale by Auction 1844  Rowde Estate Sale 1874




Crime and Legal Matters

Feet of Fines 1541 - 1561 Crime Reports 1700-1799 Prisoner for Debt  Isaac Phillips 1769
Crime News 1800-1849 Dissenter Claims Tollgate Exemption 1818 Church Robber 1829
Old Man Assaulted and Robbed 1831 Richard Stump - Duck Theft 1833  
Bastardy Examinations 1836-1877 Court Case - Stuart v Locke 1843 Petty Sessions Anne Phillips 1844
Crime News 1850-1899 Malicious Damage to a Shawl 1890 Thomas Francis - Trespass 1894
Murder of Sergeant W F Crouch & Suicide of Constable E Pike 1913 Shop Volunteer Escaped Jail Sentence 2011  



Trade directories review the town or village at a given point in time.  They usually include population information and lists of Gentry, Residents and Tradesmen

Post Office 1855                Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index           Helps Family Emigration to South Australia 1854


Employment and Business

Medical License for John Wick 1673                British Postal Services Appointments 1737-1969               New Business Venture in Swindon 1846


Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish

Stephen Andrews 1753          John Bayley 1755           John Boswell 1725

Wiltshire  Society Apprentices

Ann Margaret Little 1841          John Thomas Mulcock 1870


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

A Methodist Society existed in the village in 1829 as part of the Devizes Circuit, but it was not until 1838 that a chapel was built in Marsh Lane.  It was in brick with a three bay gabled front and round arched windows. By 1852 there were 20 members but the number had dropped to 17 in 1886 and declined in the 20th century so that there were only seven members in 1950. It is now a private dwelling house. [source: Wiltshire Community History]                Wesleyan Chapel Gallery


In 1677 there was a meeting known as the Bromham and Rowde Meeting, but soon afterwards the name was changed to the Bromham Meeting. It is likely that some Rowde people continued to attend it. [source: Wiltshire Community History]                  The few details I could find can be found here!


People and Parish Notables

Do you have  early photographs or engravings of family members born in Rowde? These are not only of great interest to researchers in the UK and Worldwide who cannot get to the parish in person, but they really do help the Rowde pages 'come alive'.  If you would like to share photographs of your ancestors (copyright credited and retained by contributor) of your  email me via the Contact an OPC link.  Thank you    People Photo Gallery

Accidents and Suicides

Lucky Escape for Alfred Manley 1886 

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871

Census Returns Transcripts

1841            1851            1861

The Census for 1841 links to my website North Wiltshire Online Census Project

Bishop Compton's census 1676

Aged over 16 years - 287 conformists, 20 non-conformists.

Elections and Polls

The County Council Election Notice transcribed in the published document is an exact replica of that posted within the parish of Rowde by Edward C. Russell, Police Constable No. 135 on the 7th day of February 1925.  The original poster is held by the Administrator which is endorsed on the reverse with the information about the posting of the notice and a signature of PC Russell.

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818             Voters List 1832               Voters Lists Revisions 1843                   MP Nominations 2015


Hunt Ball 1929

Family Notices

1800-1849                  1850-1899

Funeral Reports

Mary Elizabeth Chandler 1888

General Items

People News 1700-1799


Inquest Reports 1850-1899                  Rebecca and Sarah Dally 1839                  John Snozzle 1871

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - This item was donated by Ken Tuck and contains entries that may or may not relate to the Tuck family however they have been published as such.  Many refer to Quaker burials found across the county


Tax List 1332             


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Poor Commission Election 1837                 Poor Law Union Bread & Flour Contract 1838

Recipients of the Poor Rate

1707 1734 1737 1741 1749 1753 1756


Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Michael Drewe 1633            William Norden 1638             Richard Norden 1640

Parishioners Wills

WSHC hold about 350 historical wills for Rowde.  Go to Wiltshire Wills; enter Rowde in the "where" box in the left hand menu for the complete list.

Robert Stevens proved 1659                Thomas Pope proved 1725

Probate Notices

Daniel Stump 1768                Eliz. Grant 1781


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828 Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918
Bell Ringers Commemorated in the Book of Remembrance in St. Pauls Cathedral Library WWII Soldiers Who Died in WWI Named in Calne & District Casualty Lists
Poppies Planted For First World War Anniversary 2014 Why the Poppy 



Alban West 1918 

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