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Cholderton Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (Our Neighbours)

Amesbury - Bulford - Newton Tony - Shipton Bellinger (HAM)


Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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

St Nicholas', Cholderton was rebuilt between 1841 and 1850 of flint with Tisbury limestone dressings using designs by architect, TH Wyatt.  It consists of a nave and turret with one bell. The consecration of the new church by Edward Denison, Bishop of Salisbury, took place on the 10th April 1850.   More information about the church St. Nicholas

Chouldrington Protestation Return 1641-1642          

Parish Register Transcripts


1621-1799        1800-1838   


1608-1812        1813-1837  

Marriage Register Notes



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1652-1932
Marriages 1664-1974
Burials 1653-1992


Parish History

The parish of Cholderton lies in the Bourne Valley in the south west of the county bordering Hampshire.  Previously known as Chouldrington, Chaldrington and West Cholderton, this tiny village has provided employment in farming through the centuries and this remains broadly so today although on a reduced scale, along with employment in rural activities including a rare breeds farm and an equestrian centre.

Today there is no shop, post office or school, the educational needs of the children being met in Newton Tony, Amesbury or Salisbury.  The Crown public house sits at the heart of the village, which sadly endures the busy A338 running through it.

In 1880, the Victorian entrepreneur, chemist and manufacturer of the famous blue-black ink, Henry Charles Stephens, bought several farms and land on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border and formed them into the Cholderton Estate.  For many years he was lord of the manor and chief landowner; the estate he created is still in the same family today.  In the nave of the church is an inscribed tablet to Henry Charles Stephens, squire and ink manufacturer, who died in 1918. 

Population Figures and Jurisdictions

Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808            Cholderton 1841


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849               Sentenced to Death For Burglary 1829            Death of Samuel Crouch 1850-1851                   Breach of the Highway Act 1883

Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Cowper v Thornborough's & Monday



Kellys 1867          Post Office 1875          Kellys 1898         Kellys 1915           Post Office Directory 1940



Cholderton School

Cholderton School opened in 1851 on the south side of Church Lane. The building was constructed with some of the material from the recently demolished old Cholderton Church.

The initial intake of 16 pupils soon increased to over 30, but they began to decline again in the 1970’s and were down to 17 at time of the school’s closure in 1978.  From then on primary school age children of the village had to travel to the Church of England Primary School at Newton Tony, whilst secondary school age children went to schools in Amesbury, Durrington or Salisbury.


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969              Gamekeepers Certificates 1807           Pitched Market Proposal 1847   


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

Ann Barrett 1756

Wiltshire Society Apprentices          

John Alexander Badham 1830               Jane Ann Penelope Badham 1831


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 Return Transcripts


Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832          Poll Book 1865           MP Nominations 2015          MP Nominations 2017               

General Items

Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653       


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Amesbury Union Guardians Appointed 1835



1860          1868          1870          1872





Probate Index 1778 (WSHC)               National Probate Index 1858-1966


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Boer War

Wiltshire Yeomanry - Volunteers for Active Service 1899

General Military Items

Why the Poppy                   


Diocese of Salisbury Remembrance Book 11914-1918

Casualty Biographies

Robert Mark Bundy 1916



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