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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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]
General Church Items
Parish Register Transcripts
Parish Registers held at WSHC
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]
1837 - Present Devizes Registration District
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'
If you hold any pre 1930's postcards which you are willing to contribute to this section please contact me. Thank you
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|
|Indenture - John & George Gee to Moore/Bernard 1729||Indenture - John & George Gee to Browne 1733||Indenture - Release of Land, Axford to Adlam 1772|
Property for Sale by Auction
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
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
Emigration and Migration
Employment and Business
Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish
Wiltshire Society Apprentices
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
Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies
Census Returns Transcripts
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.
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
Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse
Recipients of the Poor Rate
Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held
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.