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Staverton - OPC Vacancy

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Staverton Village Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bradford on Avon - Hilperton - Holt - Trowbridge - Whaddon


Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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

St. Paul's church is a grade II listed building and was originally built in around the 13th century and further modifications and rebuilds were carried out to improve the structure and size as its congregation grew with the size of the village. The church is accessible only by a footpath which is located in between two buildings.  The church was eventually closed on the 1st of March 2011 due to the decrease of attendees and the cost of maintenance and upkeep.

St. Paul Church Gallery               St. Paul Church Interior Gallery               St. Paul's Churchyard Gallery

Churchyard Burial Plots           Churchyard Memorial Survey          History of St. Paul Church - Pete Lavis Photo Display 

Church Matters

Appeal to Build a Parsonage       

Church Closure and Re-development

Appeal to Save Church 2008 Critical Information Summary 2010 Pastoral Measure Report 2010 St. Paul's to Close 2011
Plan to Convert Church 2012 Church Goes on Market 2013 Church Goes on Market 2013  Draft Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Scheme 2015
Then and Now 2015 Draft Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Scheme 2017
Issues with Sale of St. Pauls 2017   


Parish Register Transcripts


1673-1699           1700-1749          1750-1836  





Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1673-1992
Marriages 1681-1753, 1815-1822, 1861-1996
Burials 1710-1992
BT's with Trowbridge until 1837


Parish History

Staverton is a small village just 3 miles of Trowbridge. Located near to the River Avon and the River Biss. It isn't surprising that settlers began living there as far back as the Iron Age and continues through the Roman period.          The Kennet and Avon canal runs along the south of the village as does the Great Western railway. The Kennet and Avon canal also brings with it it's own marina which serves the canal community and also provides great walking oppurtunities as one direction leads to the fantastic town of Bradford on Avon and beyond is the lovely village of Avoncliff and the other direction leads to the brilliant Caen Hill Locks outside Devizes. The village consists mainly of residential and farmland with a few business's, these include The Old Bear Inn, the CPUK factory which used to be the Nestle factory and a horse riding school.

Population & Jurisdictions

Books and Publications Relating to Staverton

"The Book of Staverton - An Ancient West Wiltshire Parish" by Pete Lavis. ISBN 1 84114 145 3.     Copyright - Pete Lavis. Published by Halsgrove with whom full rights remain and are not released.      A publication is still available to purchase.

"A Century of Nestlé at Staverton 1897–1997" by Pete Lavis. ISBN ) 9532792.         Copyright - Pete Lavis, Nestlé UK Ltd, Staverton, 1998.     Permission given by Nestlé until 15th March 2018 for public access on this OPC website albeit copyright protected from further dissemination - a pdf version is available here         A publication is available from Trowbridge lending library.

"Staverton 2000 - The Story Behind the Village Millennium Tapestry" coordinated by Pete Lavis.     Copyright is with Staverton Parish Council on behalf of the Staverton Millennium Tapestry Team.     Copyright release is given by Staverton Parish Council for public access on this OPC website albeit copyright protected from further dissemination - a pdf version is available here.     A publication is available from Trowbridge reference library.

"Staverton School Centenary - Village History Trail" produced & published by Pete Lavis.     This document is not copyright protected - a pdf version is available here.     A publication is available from Trowbridge reference library.

"A History of St. Paul’s Church, Staverton" written, designed, printed and published by Pete Lavis.     Copyright - Pete Lavis. See note below - a pdf version is available here.     This document is available only from Pete Lavis' family.

About March of 2016 John Corfield asked the readers of the Wiltshire Times for a little hlep in tracking down a copy of a book - Read about his success here

Brasses, Silverware and other notable items of St. Pauls

Village Newsletters

September 2012


“Where published books have been included on this website release of copyright has been obtained for public access albeit not allowing further dissemination. (The pdf files are large so allow time for opening)”.

Much of the material which features here has been kindly donated by the family of Peter Lavis for which are very grateful. Peter (known by most in the village as Pete) is featured in the “People and Parish Notables” section.


Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land

Architectural Drawing of Staverton Viaduct           CABE Briefing on Cemeteries, Churchyards and Burial Grounds 2007    


Owners of Land 1873


Old Map of Staverton                         Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery


Railway Gallery

Staverton's own railway station, Staverton Halt, was opened in 1906 and was used by villagers and Nestle Factory Staff for 60 years before it was closed down in 1966 and was later demolished.

Staverton Mill

Then and Now (1) 2015          Then & Now (2) 2015 


Crime and Legal Matters

Convicts sent to Prison Hulks 1823-1842                Murderous Assault 1863                Theft of a Bicycle Chain 1915



Kellys 1915



Education Gallery

Staverton's firs school was founded in 1850 and was housed in a canal wharf warehouse 


Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business

Cereal Partners/Nestlé


Cereal Partners New Warehouse 2007          Landmark Chimney Demolished 2011           Nestlé Chimney Off Landscape 2011          Nestle Then & Now 2015



Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


The Wesleyan Methodists grew in popularity through the 19th century. The Methodist Chapel was built in 1824 which could seat 100 worshippers. The building was rectangular, built of ashlar with a slated roof and had pointed windows and door. From 1867 baptisms were allowed to take place there and 59 took place between 1872 and 1983. While the attendance was good in the first half of the 20th century it dwindled in the latter half. The chapel closed in 1985 after the last service was held in July of that year. The building was then sold to the Nestle factory who used it to store their archives and it has since been put up for sale.                  Methodist Church Gallery

Methodist Chapel - Now and Then 2015 


People and Parish Notables

Staverton People Gallery

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861          1871          1881          1891          1901         1911

Elections, Polls and Taxes

MP Nominations 2015          MP Nominations 2017

Family Notices


Parish Notables

Peter Lavis

Much of the material which features here have been kindly donated by Peter's family which we gratefully acknowledge.  A photograph of Peter may be found in the People Gallery above

Celebrating the Life of Mr. Peter Lavis 2012


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse




War, Conflict and Military Matters

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918               Egg Collection for Wounded Servicemen 1914-1918          Why the Poppy

British Red Cross/Voluntary Aid Detachment

Volunteer Record of Ethel Blease 1915-1919



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