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Lacock - OPC Vacancy

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Lacock Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Chippenham - Chittoe - Corsham - Melksham - Derry Hill with Pewsham


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Lacock.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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.


The Parish Church of St. Cyriac

Monumental Inscriptions Inside St. Cyriac                 Confirmations 1865-1874                 St. Cyriacs Sell Silver Chalice 2013

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1559-1935
Marriages 1559-2000
Burials 1559-1989
BTs 1838-1879 held at Bristol Record Office


Parish History

The parish includes Bowden Hill and its church St. Anne's.  It also includes the hamlet of Notton.

Lacock is a very pretty village.  Its olde worlde charm has attracted many TV and film crews to to use the period buildings as backdrops for adaptations of historical novels such as those written by Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.  The Abbey was also the location for the first Harry Potter film.

The world's first ever photograph, of the oriel window in the Abbey's library, was taken here by William Fox Talbot in 1835. 

An Augustinian nunnery was founded at Lacock where the parish church now stands. The usual array of chapels east of the transept includes, on the north side, a fine mid 15th century structure, beautifully vaulted and finished externally with elaborate battlements and pinnacles.  The carving on the tomb of the grantee of the Abbey, Sir William Sharrington who died in 1553, is said to represent the finest example of its period in the country.  It is doubtless due to its monastic associations that Lacock church is so plentifully embellished with medieval carved grotesques.

Scarecrow Trails 2014

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Buildings and Land

Notice of Intended Construction of the Wilts & Berks Canal 1793 Corsham Turnpike Notices 1846 Ray Mill Celebrations 1870
Owners of Land 1873    


Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey Gallery

Nuns and their Pensions 1539               Annals and Antiquities of Lacock Abbey 1835               Magna Carta in the U. S. 1948          Description of Lacock Abbey 1968

Lacock Cemetery

Lacock Cemetery Memorial Stones Gallery               Lacock Cemetery Survey     


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811

Public Houses

George Inn

Lacock is also one of England's loveliest villages, and was already established when Ela, Countess of Salisbury, founded the Abbey in 1232.  Fox Talbot, the pioneer of photography, lived at the Abbey, and it was Miss Matilda Talbot who presented the Abbey and much of the village to the National Trust in 1944.  The outstanding feature of the 14th century inn is the dogspit, this being the only one of its kind still in its original position.  The inn's license dates from 1361, and it is thought to be the oldest continuously licensed inn in the country.


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849 Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879 Horses, Drink & Embezzlement 1860
Prison Sentence for Breaking and Entering 1931    

Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Baynard v Hyett



Slaters 1852-1853               Kellys 1915               Swindon and District 1928



School Scarecrow Trail Fundraiser 2014

Lackham Agricultural College

History 1946-1970 

Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business


Aspects of the Life of the Wiltshire Agricultural Labourer c1850


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

Andrew Baker 1728          William Banks 1717          Robert Bennett 1716           Thomas Billett 1729

Wiltshire Society Apprentices

Frank Biggs 1890       


Aviation Certificate for Henry Armstrong 1939


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969                 

Medical Matters

General Medical Council Registration 1859-1959   


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

St. Anne's, Bowden Hill (see Tab Below)


People and Parish Notables


People Gallery

David Cerington 1433 Residents Mentioned in Kilvert's Diary 1870-1879 St. John Ambulance Fete and Prize Giving 1950 
Parish Residents of the Early 20th Century Pigeon Racing Annual Awards 1956  

Census Returns Transcripts

1851          1861            

Election and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818             Voters List 1832                  Voters Lists Revisions 1843                 MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017


Hunt Ball 1929

Parrots of Lacock

Parrot Gallery

When the sun shines it is no surprise for some visitors to think they have found themselves transported to a surreal part of the Amazon Rain Forest whilst taking in the sites in and around Lacock Abbey.  For several years visitors have been able to meet Dave Vickery and his parrots which he regularly takes for walks within the grounds and cloisters of the Abbey.  Dave and his parrots who I am assured are a family have become somewhat a visitor attraction with the parrots gaining much attention from curious tourists as the wander around taking in the sights made famous by William Henry Fox Talbot and his new invention of photography.  To read more about Dave, Kenny, Ollie, Phoebe, Sydney and of course Mum follow the Parrotland Website

Family Notices

Family Notices 1800-1849          Family Notices 1850-1899            

Inquest Reports

William Coombs 1851          Charles Gough 1846          Ellen Millsome 1855           Child of Charles Pegler 1869

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

Parish Notables

Sybil Lethbridge, Author Joseph Graham Sugg (Thatcher Joe) - Born 8 September 1991 Zoe Elizabeth Sugg (Zoella) - Born 28 March 1990
William Henry Fox Talbot, Inventor and Photographer, 1800-1877    



Tax List 1332         


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Workhouse Gallery

Workhouse Crime 1835-1850



Probate Index (WSHC) 1873

Parishioners Wills

Mary Lockton 1819          John Plaister Proved 1835


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Home Guards 1st Battalion 1940-1944

Servicemen and Women

Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828               Servicemen & Families with 1st Wilts Regt. in South Africa 1911

Uncategorised Military Items

Why the Poppy                                   

War Memorials and Books of Remembrance

Calne & District Casualty Lists 1914-1918



Bowden Hill 

Bowden Hill Photo Gallery

The Parish Church of St. Anne

St. Annes Memorial Stones Gallery                  St. Anne Churchyard Survey     

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1863-2001
Marriages 1863-1998
Burials 1863-1994



Slaters 1852-1853

Employment and Business

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807

People and Parish Notables

Family Notices 1850-1899

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - These items were 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 references to Quaker entries may be found from across the county.

War, Conflict and Military Matters



Christopher Ken Merewether 1917

British Red Cross/Voluntary Aid

Laura Eggleton 1918-1919

War Memorials

War Memorials & Military Gallery

War Memorial




Notton Village Gallery


Notton forms part of the parish of Lacock


Buildings and Land


Crime and Legal Matters



Slaters 1852-1853




Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772           

Family Notices   



Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse




War, Conflict and Military Matters



Alfred Edward Bray 1916



Grateful thanks are expressed to Ruth Ranger the former OPC for this parish who supplied many items of interest and photographs for this page

Sincere thanks to Lynne and Paul Powell who very kindly donated their photographs of the headstones in the churchyard




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