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Allington - OPC Vacancy

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Allington Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Amesbury - Boscombe - Newton Tony


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Allington
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
University of Leicester - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Bourne Valley Historical Society - Local History Society


The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

The original chancel dates from the 12th century, was rebuilt in the 13th century, had a tower added in the 14th century and an enlargement made to the east and south window in the 15th century.  The church, designed by the curate William Grey, was rebuilt between 1848 and 1852 and is constructed of flint with freestone dressings. It was based on the earlier church design and dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The 12th century chancel arch was incorporated into the new church building which included a nave with south porch, chancel, and a low tower with weatherboarding on the upper section.  In 1877 the chancel was painted and the floor tiled to commemorate F. W. Fowle, rector of Allington. A stencil and freehand decoration and also a stained glass window depicting the crucifixion was executed by Heaton, Butler and Bayne.  The chancel includes a sedilia and a piscine; the 19th century font is in the style of the 12th century and has a 17th century pyramidal cover.  The oak pulpit is 19th century and there are two 16th and 17th century pews with later pews to match. The porch houses an oak churchwardens' coffer and stool, also c. 17th century.  Three bells were listed in 1553 including a tenor bell cast in 1350 in Salisbury. Later bells date from 1613 by John Wallis and a treble bell of 1849 by C. and G. Mears.  Church plate includes a chalice dated 1576, a paten dated 1848, and a flagon given in 1851.                St. John the Baptist Church Gallery

The Reverend Thomas Fowle, curate from 1793 to 1797, was engaged to Cassandra Austen, sister of Jane Austen. Sadly he died in the Caribbean, whilst on an expedition, before he could marry her.  The ecumenical parish of Allington was joined with Boscombe in 1924, and St John the Baptist church was closed on February 1st 2010. It is now vested in the Friends of Friendless Churches who are responsible for its upkeep, although it is still consecrated.  Parish worship is now conducted at St Andrew at Boscombe.  On Census Sunday (religious) in 1851, the afternoon service was attended by 35 people.

Protestation Return of 1641/42

Parish Register Transcipts




1623-1806        1813-1837     



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1655-1988
Marriages 1656-1990
Burials 1656-1992
Records available from Other Sources


Parish History

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Amesbury Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Buildings and Land


Owners of Land 1873

Property Sales by Auction

Old Rectory 1988


Crime and Legal Matters


Post Office 1855          Post Office 1859          Kellys 1867         Post Office 1875          Kellys 1903          Kellys 1907          Kelly 1911          Kellys 1915          Kellys 1931         Kellys 1889




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807


Aviators Cetrificates

Joseph Arthur Mitchell 1939


General Medical Council Registration 1859-1959                 


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables 

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871

Census Returns Transcripts

1841         1851          1861          1871          1881          1891

Election, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832         Poll Book 1865


Rev. Edward Seymour Awdry 1936


Knight Compositions 1628 


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Amesbury Union Guardians Appointed 1835         

Appointment of Overseers

1860           1868          1870           1872



Probate Index 1547-1876 (WSHC)               National Probate Index 1858-1966


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Why The Poppy         Militia of the Monmouth Rebellion 1685         Diocese of Salisbury Remembrance Book 1914-1918          Casualty Biographies of WWI



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