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Bratton Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Edington - North Bradley - Steeple Ashton - Westbury



GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Bratton
Bratton - Village Website
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories


The Parish Church of St. James The Great

Deep in a coombe under Salisbury Plain and approached by flights of rustic steps is the enchanting little church of Bratton, a perfect miniature of the 15th century, aisled and complete with central tower.  Every detail of the building is well designed inside and out. The small scale of the interior of the church in no way detracts from its impressiveness.          St. James the Great Church Gallery

Monumental Inscriptions St. James the Great These records have been donated by Angela Furnival and remain her copyright. If anyone has any queries about the MI's please contact Angela via the Contact Us Tab at the top of this page.

Church Matters 1800-1849       

Bell Ringing         

Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers Meeting 1915


Presentation to Rev. Seymour Collett 1938

Parish Register Transcripts

Interesting Entries in the Parish Registers


1550-1599          1600-1649          1650-1699


1544-1599          1600-1649          1650-1699          1700-1749          1750-1799          1800-1837

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1542-1999
Marriages 1542-1995
Burials 1542-1944

Parish Registers in Wilts 1888 


Parish History

The parish contains the hamlets of Heywood and Hawkeridge

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Westbury Registration District
April 1936 - Present Warminster Registration District


Buildings and Land

Charter of Transfer of Lands from Walter Dansy 1364               Transfers of Land tenure 1649-1886               Owners of Land 1873 


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811

Westbury White Horse

White Horse Gallery

White Horses of Wiltshire 1930 


Crime and Legal Matters

Doctor Sues Patients 1841                 Hawking Without a License 1889



Post Office 1855               Post Office 1875               Kellys 1915



Emigration and Migration

Strays Index          From Yorkshire Back to Wiltshire 2016


Employment and Business

Flockmasters and Shepherds of Bratton                     British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969               Gaming Notice 1846              Shepherds Prizes 1886   

Wiltshire Society Apprentices 

Henry Bodman 1830                 William Moffatt 1835                Mary Buckpitt 1859                  Thomas George Henry Winter 1890                  William Newman 1921


Miscellaneous Documents

Extracts from Wiltshire Notes & Queries    


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Baptist Church

Baptist Church Gallery

Monumental Inscriptions               Registration of Chapel for Marriages 1841

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Opening of New Wesleyan Chapel 1870


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Trowbridge Provident Society Success 1789          Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871                 Wiltshire H. S. Visits to Corsham & Salisbury 1952 

Census Returns Transcripts


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, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818

Family Notices

1800-1849         1850-1899

General Items

Eccentric Henry Williamson 1834-1839

Inquest Reports

Martha White 1869


George Henry Fooks 1944

People of the Area

Descendents of George Smith and Betty Taylor                Roy Stockdill Wiltshire Roots


Cricket - Holt v Bratton July 1863                Cricket - Bratton v Holt August 1863


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Workhouse Provisions & Clothing Tenders 1846



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions of Lands Held

John Dansy 1355               James, Earl of Marlborough 1633               Henry, Earl of Marlborough 1638

Parishioners Legacies

Henry Ballard 1684 James Ballard 1680 John Bidgard 1710 Deborah Blatch 1730 John Blatch 1716
John Blatch 1722
John Blatch 1785 Philip Blatch 1726 Harry Burgess 1693 Elizabeth Cole 1718
William Drewett 1706 George Dyett 1707 Ann Whitaker 1707 Elizabeth Whitaker 1743 Henry Whitaker 1685
Henry Whitaker 1692 Henry Whitaker 1739 Humphrey Whitaker 1726 Humphrey Whitaker 1789 Jeffrey Whitaker 1741
John Whitaker 1739 John Whitaker 1751  

Parishioners Wills

John Aldridge Proved 1713 Mary Aldridge 1716 John Ballard 1769 Philip Ballard 1722
Benjamin Cook Proved 1797  John Croome 1668 John Drewett 1762 William Long 1746
Thomas Morgan 1781 Edward Frowd Seagram Proved 1846  Thomas Seagram 1852-1855 Jeffrey Whitaker Proved 1775
Merari Whitaker Proved 1762 William Whitaker Written 1663    

War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials and Military Gallery

General Items

Why the Poppy 



Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                 Bell Ringers Memorial Book in St. Paul's Cathedral Library WWI                 Casualties of WWI

Collections for War Aid

Egg Collection for Wounded Servicemen 1914-1918



Bell Ringers Memorial Book in St. Paul's Cathedral Library WWII          Casualties of WWII          Dennis George Gumm 1944 

War Memorials

Bratton War Memorial WWI & WWII                   War Memorial and War Grave Inscriptions 1914-1918 & 1939-1945



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