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Colerne Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Batheaston (SOM) - Bathford (SOM) - Biddestone - Ditteridge - Marshfield (GLS) - North Wraxall - Slaughterford - Yatton Keynell


Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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

The clock was built in 1685, probably by the village blacksmith. It has only the hour hand, like that of Westminster Abbey. There are only a small number of similar one handed clocks in England. The clock was restored in 1959, and again in 1968. The most recent restoration of the clock was carried out in 2008, when the large stone weights were replaced by autowinding gear and the clock face was also replaced.          St. John Church Gallery          St. John Interior             

St. John Churchyard Survey

Parish Register Transcripts



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1628-1957
Marriages 1560-1986
Burials 1661-1959


Parish History

The parish includes the hamlets of Euridge, Eastrip, Thickwood and Widdenham.

Colerne - An Introduction

Colerne is situated on a hilltop in the north-west of Wiltshire, between Chippenham and Bath, Somerset. The nearest neighbouring village is Marshfield, Gloucestershire and indeed just outside the village is the Three Shires Stone, at the point where the three counties meet. The village itself is on the southern fringe of the Cotswolds and the houses, commercial properties and churches in the central conservation area are largely built of Cotswold stone. Colerne used to be known locally for its RAF base, now used in part by the Army. The village and nearby hamlets (Thickwood, North Colerne, Eastrip, Euridge, Widdenham) are home to 3000 diverse inhabitants including many young families: for this reason Colerne’s school and its businesses are continuing to thrive, along with a host of clubs, sports teams and other activities.

Colerne Fire 1774

A devastating fire ravaged the village of Colerne on 1st April 1774.  Read more about the fire and the people who were affected.

The Legend of the Dead Donkey

The Vicar had left his donkey in the care of the Churchwarden while he was visiting a neighbouring parish, but it died while he was away.  Having given many years of devoted service, the Churchwarden thought the animal should at least be rewarded with a Christian burial  in the churchyard.  The undertaker and gravedigger, not normally artful in the burial of veterinary specimens, failed to dig the correct grave dimensions resulting in the donkey being buried feet up with it's hooves breaking the surface of the grave.  On his return, the Vicar had the beast reburied but word of this had already reached the neighbouring villages. Youths would often come to Colerne and poke fun at the villagers by crying ee-aaw as they passed through.  This often resulted in mass altercations and even today the visiting soccer teams are told to "go polish the donkey's hooves" for a joke.

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District

Population and Census Analysis 1801-2011


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873 


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814

Sale of Property

Sale by Auction of Thomas Dunning's Stock 1868                  Sale of Property 1871     


Crime and Legal Matters

Business Crime

Bath Butcher Fined for Breaking Rationing Quota 1941

General Items

Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Crime Reports 1850-1899

Prisons and Prisoners

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879                 Convicts for Transportation 1830

Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Batte v Chapman



Post Office 1875               Kellys 1889               Kellys 1915



Average School Attendance & Government Grant 1871-1885


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


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.

Michael Bayley 1758          Thomas Beard 1755

Wiltshire Society Apprentices
George Newman 1907 Henry Moules 1910 Albert Henry Tilley 1910
Stribley Tidmarsh 1913 Thomas Edward Tidmarsh 1913 Leonard Walter Roger Moules 1914
Sidney Albert Moules 1914 Ernest Albert Gray 1915  

Community Services

Metropolitan Police Pensions Record - James Aust 1868-1890 


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Colerne Evangelical Church
Independent Congregational Church
Baptist Church
Methodist Church
Primitive Methodist Chapel
Primitive Methodist Chapel, Thickthorn
Providence Baptist Chapel

Census of Faith 1676


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations & Societies

Friendly Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871          


Bankruptcy Notices 1800-1849     

Census Returns Transcripts

1841            1851            1861           1871           1881           1891          1901             1911

 Coroner Bills

County coroners were introduced in England in around 1194 once established other boroughs and liberties sought the right to have their own coroner.  Often in Medieval times the coroner also assumed the role of the sheriff and his duties weren't limited to holding inquests on dead bodies although almost a full time post they were unpaid for the duties apart from those that were deemed murder or manslaughter when they would receive 13s. 4d.   From the 24th June 1752 a law was passed allowing the coroner to claim £1 for every inquest they attended not held in a gaol and also to claim 9d per mile travel allowance from the place of residence.  Inquests held in any gaol were performed at a rate totalling no more than £1.  These costs were to be paid from the county rates.  In cases of homicide the coroner also received the former fee of 13s. 4d.  The coroners submitted their bills at the quarter session sittings for approval.  Coroners Bills 1752-1796

Elections and Polls

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

Family Notices

Family Notices 1800-1849                  Family Notices 1850-1899

General Items

High Sheriff of Wiltshire Nominations 1925    

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

Brian Ashton - English rugby union player and coach Kristan Bromley - Skeleton racer (Winter sports) Derek Fowlds - actor
Shelley Rudman - Skeleton racer (Winter sports) Geoff Willis - author - born in Martins Croft 1954  


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Bartholomew & Margaret de Badelesmere 1311

Parishioners Wills

Joseph Pinchin proved 1836


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy          Muster Roll 1539     


Wiltshire Regiment Wounded List July 1917


Home Guards 1940-1944





People and Parish Notables

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.



National Probate Index 1858-1966



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