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Broughton Gifford - OPC Vacancy

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Broughton Gifford Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Atworth - Great Chalfield - Holt - Melksham - Whaddon


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of St Mary the Virgin Church
GenUKI - For information on Broughton Gifford
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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. Mary the Virgin

St. Mary Gallery

Interesting Entries from the Parish Registers          Church News 1900-1999          Church News 2000 - Present

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1665-1928
Marriages 1667-1991
Burials 1665-1942


Parish History

(broc-tun, OE = farm on the brook). The stone houses are set picturesquely round an extensive village green. The church (St. Mary), partly EE, and partly Perp., was restored in 1878. It contains a brass to Robert Longe (1620). There are some interesting houses in the parish. The manor-house was built by Sir John Horton in 1622, and Cromwell is said to have slept there before the battle of Roundway. Monkton, now a farm, is supposed to have been built by the Earl of Hertford, son of Lord Protector Somerset, to whom the manor of Monkton came when Monkton Farleigh priory was suppressed. Gifford Hall, on the Common, was erected by William Harding c. 1700, and contains a good ceiling over the staircase.   [source: The Little Guides, Methuen, 1949]

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Bradford Registration District
April 1936 - Present Trowbridge Registration District


Buildings and Land



Inquisitions of Lands Held

Anne Gore 1631


Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811

Public Houses


The Bell


Crime and Legal Matters

Trial at the Old Bailey for Stealing a Mare 1695 Crime Reports 1800-1899 John Gay Sentenced to Transportation 1812
Charge of Damaging Underwood 1868 Water Rights Dispute Hargreaves v Fuller 1890  



Post Office 1855                  Post Office 1875                 Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration

Published in tables from the Poor Law Commissioners Annual Reports for 1835, 1836 and 1847-1848 the following may be of use for tracing missing ancestors.  5 paupers emigrated to South Australia under an assisted emigration programme in 1842 and 7 to Canada in 1842.

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.

Wiltshire Society Apprentices

Jacob Bull 1858                 James Bull 1858


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Baptist Chapel
Methodist Church


People and Parish Notables


Fatal Horse & Cart Accident 1846

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871 

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


Trinity Festival at Holt 1858                Hunt Ball 1929

Family Notices

1800-1849          1850-1899           1950-1999

Wedding Reports

Wedding Report of Miss Montagu 1881


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Election of Guardians of the Poor

Election of Guardians of the Poor March 1842                  Election of Guardians of the Poor June 1842

Election of Poor Law Officers

Election of Poor Law Union Officers 1835                 Bradford Union Medical Appointments 1842                

Miscellaneous Items              

Bradford Union Registration Districts 1836          Tender to Survey Parishes for Poor Rate Assessment 1837               Poor Law Union Audit 1849



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Land Held

Robert Bull 1642                  Nicholas Gore 1631 


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy Diocese of Salisbury Remembrance Book 1914-1918 Egg Collection for Wounded Servicemen 1914-1918
WWI Church War Memorial Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1918 Re-dedication of Newly Restored War Memorial 2015

Servicemen and Women

Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911 



Frederick William James Young 1918 

For King and Country

Ernest Roy Alford 1898-1956

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