Warminster Genealogical Records

Warminster Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Yorkshire Birth Index (1837-1948)

A growing index of births registered in the county. Records include a reference to the sub-registration district, making it easier to order the correct certificate.

Wiltshire Baptism Transcripts (1538-1854)

Transcriptions of Wiltshire baptisms covering around 50% of Anglican places of worship.

Wiltshire Quaker Births (1636-1837)

Transcriptions of around 1,500 births recorded in Quaker registers. Details recorded are much the same as in Anglican baptism registers.

Wiltshire Baptism & Burial Search (1528-1940)

A service charged at £12 an hour to search transcripts of of baptism and burial indexes. Includes some Quaker and Methodist records.

Warminster Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Sailsbury (or Sarum) Diocese Marriage Licences (1609-1837)

An index to over 75,000 marriage bonds covering the counties of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset & Devon. The index can be used to order the original documents, which may supply details not listed in marriage registers, such as age and parents' names.

Yorkshire Marriage Index (1837-2011)

A growing index of marriages registered in the county. Records include a reference to the sub-registration district, making it easier to order the correct certificate.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

Wiltshire Marriage Index (1538-1837)

An index to over 262,000 marriages, including Quaker marriages and marriages of Wiltshire residents in other counties. Available on CD or as a lookup service.

Warminster Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Yorkshire Death Index (1837-1948)

A growing index of deaths registered in the county. Records include a reference to the sub-registration district, making it easier to order the correct certificate.

Wiltshire Quaker Deaths (1542-1897)

Transcriptions of around 1,800 records from Quaker death records. They include ages, relations, residences and more.

Wiltshire Baptism & Burial Search (1528-1940)

A service charged at £12 an hour to search transcripts of of baptism and burial indexes. Includes some Quaker and Methodist records.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Warminster Church Records

Catholic History in South West England (1517-1856)

A history of Catholicism in South West England with biographies of noted Catholics. Contains details of the Dominican, Benedictine, and Franciscan orders.

Wiltshire Church Photographs (1999-Present)

Extensive galleries of parish churches in Wiltshire.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

British Church Albums (1990-Present)

Photographs of churches of all denominations throughout England and part of Wales.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at England. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Warminster Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

North Wiltshire Militia Musters (1539)

An index to names listed in a document listing those liable for militia service.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Warminster Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1619)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1559-1571)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Warminster

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette (1749-1949)

Original images of a local newspaper, searchable via a full text index. Includes news from the Bath area, business notices, obituaries, family announcements and more.

Western Gazette (1863-1950)

A regional newspaper covering the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire Hampshire and Berkshire. It covers local and national news, family announcements, business news, legal proceedings and more.

Western Daily Press (1858-1949)

A regional newspaper covering the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It covers local and national news, family announcements, business news, legal proceedings and more.

Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle (1858-1936)

A liberal newspaper, containing news and family notices, such as births, marriages and death.

Wiltshire Independent (1837-1874)

A record of births, marriages, deaths, legal, political, organisation and other news from the Wiltshire area. Original pages of the newspaper can be viewed and located by a full text search.

Warminster Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Warminster Cemeteries

Wiltshire Monumental Inscriptions (1600-2000)

An index to vital details engraved on over 290,000 monuments across the county of Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Wiltshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Warminster Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire (1939)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire (1927)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire (1920)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire (1915)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire (1911)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Wiltshire - Inquisitiones Post Mortems (1625-1649)

Abstracts of records detailing the deaths of landowners in Wiltshire and the inheritance of their lands.

Wiltshire - Inquisitiones Post Mortems (1327-1377)

Abstracts of records detailing the deaths of landowners in Wiltshire and the inheritance of their lands.

Wiltshire - Inquisitiones Post Mortems (1242-1326)

Abstracts of records detailing the deaths of landowners in Wiltshire and the inheritance of their lands.

Wiltshire Quarter Session Calendars (1728-1890)

Calendars to names occurring in over 65,000 legal documents.

Wiltshire Poll Index (1772)

An index to freeholders who voted in the election. Also names tenants of properties.

Warminster Taxation Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Testa De Nevill (1198-1251)

An account of knights' fees and serjeanties in the reigns of Henry the Third and Edward the First.

Warminster Land & Property Records

Wiltshire - Inquisitiones Post Mortems (1625-1649)

Abstracts of records detailing the deaths of landowners in Wiltshire and the inheritance of their lands.

Wiltshire - Inquisitiones Post Mortems (1327-1377)

Abstracts of records detailing the deaths of landowners in Wiltshire and the inheritance of their lands.

Wiltshire - Inquisitiones Post Mortems (1242-1326)

Abstracts of records detailing the deaths of landowners in Wiltshire and the inheritance of their lands.

Wiltshire Poll Index (1772)

An index to freeholders who voted in the election. Also names tenants of properties.

Wiltshire Name Index (1242-1900)

An index to over 400,000 names from numerous Wiltshire records, including court, parish, poor law and other records.

Warminster Occupation & Business Records

Salisbury Infirmary Admissions & Discharges (1761-1832)

An index to over 100,000 patient records covering Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Wiltshire pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

South England Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the south of England.

Lost Pubs of Wiltshire (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Warminster School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Warminster

Victoria County History: Wiltshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Warminster Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Wiltshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Wiltshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Wiltshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Warminster Military Records

Berkshire & Wiltshire War Diaries (1914-1945)

Transcriptions of war diaries covering 15 regiments during World War I & II. The records detail war action and record names, generally those of officers.

Wiltshire War Monuments (1914-1945)

Photographs and transcriptions of monuments commemorating those who lost their lives in battle.

The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (1899-1902)

An account of the regiment's part in the South African War.

North Wiltshire Militia Musters (1539)

An index to names listed in a document listing those liable for militia service.

Wiltshire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Wiltshire, with some service details.

Warminster Immigration & Travel Records

Wiltshire Removal Orders (1670-1890)

Abstracts of over 20,000 removal orders, which provided legal backing to move people to their parish of settlement.

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Warminster Histories & Books

Catholic History in South West England (1517-1856)

A history of Catholicism in South West England with biographies of noted Catholics. Contains details of the Dominican, Benedictine, and Franciscan orders.

Victoria County History: Wiltshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Wiltshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Church Photographs (1999-Present)

Extensive galleries of parish churches in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Windmills (1998-Present)

An index of windmills in the county, with brief notes and some photographs.

Biographical Directories Covering Warminster

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Warminster Maps

Maps of Wiltshire (1626-1911)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Ordnance Survey One-inch to the Mile Maps (1945-1947)

High-quality digital reproductions of maps plotting, settlements, roads, natural features and other features in England & Wales.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Warminster Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Warminster Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

Warminster is situated in the hundred of the same name, and is the most western town in the county.

It is a large and populous town, consisting chiefly of one long street, situated on the river Willy, which rises not far from it, and pursues a southwest course until it joins the Avon, at Salisbury, as before-mentioned. Camden calls this place Verlucio, an ancient town mentioned by Antoninus in his Itinerary, and derives its present name from Ver, part of the original appellation, and minster, the Saxon word for a monastery, which was formerly here.

This town, before the Conquest, possessed peculiar privileges, for, according to Doomsday-book, it was neither gelded nor rated by hides, that is, it was not taxed.

The principal part of the houses here are ranged in one very long street, stretching along the sides of the turnpike road. The parish, Church stands at the western extremity of the town, a spacious and handsome edifice of stone, with a square tower at one end, and near the centre of the town is a neat Chapel of Ease.

Here are also two places of worship for Dissenters; a good Market-house; an Assembly-room; and a free Grammar-school, for the education of twenty poor boys. This Institution is endowed with a salary of thirty pounds per annum, and is in the gift of the Marquis of Bath. The town and parish of Warminster contains 1073 houses, and a population of 4866 persons. The great woollen trade here has suffered considerably by the late change in our continental relations.

The municipal government of the town is superintended by the neighbouring magistrates, assisted by constables annually chosen at the court-leet of the Marquis of Bath, who is lord of the manor.

The manor of Warminster, with many others in this county, formerly belonged to the family of Hungerford; but in the reign of Edward IV. they went by marriage to Lord Hastings, who suffered in the reign of Richard III. when that prince gave all his estates to the Duke of Norfolk.

Near Warminster is a lofty eminence, called Clay Hill, which may be seen for many miles round the country, and upon which there is a small double trenched circular camp. This place is supposed to be the Aeglea, mentioned in the Saxon Chronicle, where Alfred encamped the night before he attacked the Danes at Eddington. On the Downs, northeast of the town, are two camps, about a mile and a half asunder: the northern double trenched called Battlesbury, probably Danish; the southern square single trenched, called Scratchbury, with a barrow in it.

Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

WARMINSTER is a market and union town with a station on the Salisbury and Westbury section of the Great Western railway, head of a county court district and petty sessional division and parish, giving name to the hundred, and is in the Western division of the county, and in the rural deanery of Wylye (Heytesbury portion), archdeaconry of Sarum and diocese of Salisbury, and is situated at the western extremity of the county and of Salisbury Plain, on the river Wylye, here only a mill-stream, 97 miles by road and 106 by rail from London, 4 south from Westbury, 9 south from Trowbridge, 14 south from Melksham, 21 ¼ south from Chippenham, 37 south-west from Swindon, 17 south-west from Devizes and 21 north-west from Salisbury. This place, according to Camden, was the Roman Verlucio; in the Domesday Survey of 1086, it is called “Guermisbre,” and was then already possessed of many privileges. The town stands at the junction of the roads from Bath, Frome, Salisbury and Shaftesbury, and consists principally of one street, about a mile in length, lighted by gas and well paved: it was governed by a Local Board of Health from June, 1867, until the establishment of the present Urban District Council, under the provisions of the “Local Government Act, 1894,” (56 & 57 Vict. c. 73). Water works were erected by the old Local Board in 1883, at a total cost of £10,000, the water being obtained from springs at Shearwater, miles south.

The Minster or church of St. Deny’s, at the western extremity of the town, formerly an ancient edifice of stone in various styles, dating mainly from the time of Edward III. was completely rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, south transept and Lady aisle, in 1887—89, from plans by Sir Arthur William Blomfield M.A. A. R. A, at a cost of £10,700, and is now a cruciform structure, chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, with south aisle or chapel, clerestoried nave of five bays, aisles, transepts, south and west porches, vestries, organ chamber, and the original central embattled tower, with pinnacles containing 8 bells, partly recast in 1881: the organ, first used in 1792, was built to the order of King George HI. for Salisbury Cathedral: the east window is stained, and there are memorial windows to a son of Mr. H. P. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Feltham, 1856—66, and others; and numerous mural monuments, dating from 1635: the church was re-opened Feb. 21st, 1889 and has sittings for 1,000 persons. The earliest date of the register is 1556. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £475, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Salisbury, and held since 1897 by the Rev. Henry Robert Whytehead M.A. of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and surrogate.

Christ Church, Sambourne, is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1838; the church, erected in 1831 as a chapel of ease, is a plain building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, north and south porches and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 8 bells: in 1870, the interior was restored and a chancel added at a cost of £1,350, and in 1881 the interior was further restored at a cost of £1,400 and will now seat 960 persons. The register dates from the year 1833. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value, £282, including 3 acres of glebe, in the gift of the vicar of Warminster, and held since 1867 by the Rev. William Hickman M.A. of Wadham College, Oxford, and chaplain to Warminster union.

The chapel of St. Laurence, an old chantry of the reign of Edward I. standing near the Town Hall, is of stone in the Decorated style, and consists of nave and western tower, with spire containing one bell; the chapel affords sittings for 100 persons, and is used for week day services.

St. John the Evangelist’s chapel of ease, at the east end of the town, was erected in 1865, at a cost of about £3,000, on a site given by the late W. Temple esq. of Bishopstrow House, and his son, the late G. Temple esq. and is a building in the Gothic style of the 13th century, consisting of chancel, with vestry and organ chamber, nave, north aisle, south porch and a central turret, containing one bell: the reredos of carved alabaster was erected in 1867, in memory of William John Temple, d.1849: the chancel has three stained windows, one of which is a memorial to Walter Kerr Hamilton D. D. Bishop of Salisbury, d.1869: the brass chancel screen was given by Mrs. Temple, of Bishopstrow, in memory of George, her son, d.1868, and there is a memorial to the Rev. John Rule, d.1872: the stone lych-gate was erected in memory of the wife of the late W. Temple esq.: the chapel has 300 sittings.

Here is a Congregational chapel, founded in 1827, with 300 sittings; a Baptist chapel, erected in 1812, with 350 sittings, and a Wesleyan chapel, erected in 1825, and seating 200.

The Missionary College of St. Boniface was established in 1860, by the Rev. Sir James E. Philipps bart. M.A. late vicar of Warminster, for the training of young men who desire to devote their lives to the work of Foreign Missions. The foundation stone of a new building, estimated to cost £10,000, was laid in June, 1897, by Lady Philipps. There are at present 20 students.

The Community of St. Denys’ was established by the Rev. Sir James E. Philipps bart. M.A. in 1866, for the preparation of women desirous of assisting in missionary work abroad, or acting as nurses at home; and connected with it is a high school for young ladies, in which boarders are received.

The Orphanages of Pity consist of two houses, one in West street for boys, the other in Vicarage street for girls, and are available for 30 orphan children from all parts who are of legitimate birth. The Warminster Cottage Hospital, established in 1866, was endowed in 1897 with £4,000 by Miss Susannah Smith, of Warminster, who also made a donation of £1,000: there are 11 beds, and during the year 1897 124 patients were treated here. In 1873 almshouses for four aged women, with a gift of 6s. per week each, were erected by Mrs. Warren, in memory of her husband.

The Town Hall is an edifice of stone in the Elizabethan style, erected in 1830 by the Marquess of Bath, and contains courts for the administration of justice, and rooms for assemblies and for public meetings: the Urban District Council also meets here: petty sessions are held here monthly, and the July quarter sessions for the county: the County court is also held here: in 1888 additional cells were built for the confinement of prisoners at quarter sessions.

Here are engineering and agricultural implement and steam plough works, and brewing and malting are carried on to a considerable extent. A corn market is held on Saturday, and monthly sales of fat and store cattle, sheep &c. are held at the Repository on Monday, and fairs on 22nd April, 11th August and 26th October.

The Savings Bank, a fine building, in the Elizabethan style, was erected in 1852, at a cost of £2,000. There is also an Athenaeum, which in 1897 was transferred by the trustees to the Urban District Council, and is now conducted under the “Technical and Industrial Institutions Act, 1892.” In connection with the Athenaeum is a large hall, erected in 1879 as a memorial of the late Charles Bleeck esq. at a cost of £1,500, and holding between 500 and 600 people: it is licensed for stage plays: there is also a literary institution.

Warminster is the head quarters of the 1st Wiltshire Rifle Volunteers.

The charities amount to about £320, arising from various bequests, and are distributed annually at Christmas in money, clothing, coals and food.

At the junction of the Bath and Frome roads is a triangular obelisk, erected in 1782, and in the Market place is a drinking fountain of Aberdeen granite, erected as a memorial to the wife of F. W. Morgan esq.

A track on the side of a hill to the north is called the Nuns’ path. Battlesbury Camp, one of several ancient entrenchments, covers upwards of 23 acres; there is a smaller one in Southleigh Wood, called” Robin Hoods Bower,” and another crowns the larger of two abrupt and conspicuous knolls, called “Cley Hill,” the parochial boundary between Warminster and Corsley passing over the larger hill; it was formerly a custom for the parishioners to assemble here on Palm Sunday. In Pitmead, a large meadow on the Wylye, 2 miles east from Warminster, some beautiful mosaic pavements and other Roman remains have been discovered at various times; in a vale of the same river is King Barrow, one of the largest British barrows in the county: and on the summit of the conical eminence of Copheap Hill is another large barrow, opened in 1809 by Sir R. C. Hoare, and found to contain several skelet as. Cold Harbour was a Roman military halting plate Fossil remains are also numerous here.

The Marquess of Bath, who is lord of the manor, Grenville Newton Temple esq. of Bishopstrow, and Captain Arthur Howard Southey, of Eastleigh Court, Bishopstrow, are the principal landowners. The area is 6,564 acres; rateable value, £22,293; the population in 1891 was 5,562, including 63 officers and inmates in the workhouse and 63 in the reformatory. The population of St. Denys’ ecclesiastical parish in 1891 was 3,770, and of Christ Church, Sambourne, 1,766.

Petty Sessions are held at the Town hall every Saturday at 11.30 a.m. & on the first Thursday in every month at 11.30 a.m. The parishes & places comprised in the division are:-Bishopstrow, Boyton & Corton, Chitterne All Saints, Chitterne St. Mary, Codford St. Mary, Codford St. Peter, Corsley, Deverill Brixton, Deverill Hill, Deverill Kingston, Deverill Longbridge, Deverill Monkton, Fisherton & Bapton, Heytesbury, Horningham, Imber, Knooke, Maiden Bradley, Norton Bavant, Sherrington, Stockton, Sutton Veney, Upton Lovell, Upton Scudamore, Warminster & Wylye.

Volunteer Fire Brigade; engine station, George street, J. H. Neat, 40 Market place, captain; T. J. Rushton.

Warminster Union

Office, Workhouse, Sambourne. Board day, every alternate Monday at 11 a.m. at the Workhouse.

The union comprises the following parishes:-Bishopstrow, Boyton, Brixton Deverill, Chitterne All Saints, Chitterne St. Mary, Codford St. Mary, Codford St. Peter, Corsley, Heytesbury, Hill Deverill, Homing-sham, Imber, Knook, Longbridge Deverill, Norton Bavant, Sherrington, Stockton, Sutton Veney, Upton Lovell, Upton Scudamore & Warminster. The population in 1891 was 13,033; area, 58,450 acres; rateable value in 1898, £65,955.

The Workhouse, Sambourne hill, erected in 1836, at the cost of £7,000, is an edifice of brick & stone, & will hold 130 inmates.

PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of service.

The Minster, Rev. Henry Robert Whytehead M.A. vicar; Rev. James Senior Stuart M.A. & Rev. Edgar Simmons Buchanan M.A. curates; 8 a.m. (H.C. ), 11 a.m. 3 & 7 p.m.; Wed.11.15 a.m.; Fri. 7.30 p.m.

Christ Church, Rev. William Hickman M.A. vicar; Rev. R. L. A. Westlake, curate; H.C.1st & 3rd Sundays in month at noon; other Sundays at 8.30 a.m.; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; daily, 9.45 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist’s, chapel of ease to the parish church; 8 a.m. (H.C. ), 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; wed. 7.30 p.m.

St. Laurence, chapel of ease, daily, except Sunday, 10 a.m. & daily, except Fri. & Sun. at 5.30 p.m. in winter & 6.30 p.m. in summer.

Christ Church, licensed school chapel, Common; 3 p.m.

Baptist, North row, Rev. George Waters Roughton; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Tues. 7.30 p.m.

Congregational, The Close, Rev. Robt. Maine McClumpha; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Thur. 7.30 p.m.

Wesleyan, George street, Rev. Robert Whitehead; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Mon. 8 p.m.; Wed. 7.15 p.m.

SCHOOLS

Lord Weymouth’s Grammar, Church street, founded in 1704 by Sir Thomas Thynne, first Viscount Weymouth. The school prepares for mercantile pursuits, the Oxford local examinations, the professions, civil & military services & the universities. In connection with the school there is a fine swimming bath, a cricket field, tennis & fives courts, a workshop & a playground. William Foulkes Blaxter esq. M.A. Cambridge, headmaster; A. G. Topple esq. M.A. Henry Symons Hawkey esq. M.A. London & Arthur March Taylor esq. resident assistant masters; Mons. Le Page, french master; T. J. Hallett esq. (S. Kensington), drawing master.

The School of Art, in connection with the Science & Art Department, South Kensington, & the County Council, in High street; science & technical classes are also held in Church street; T. J. Rushton, sec. 32 George st.

Missionary College of St. Boniface, Rev. Canon Sir J. E. Philipps bart. M.A. warden; Rev. John Francis Welsh M.A. principal; Rev. John T. Kershaw M.A. viceprincipal.

St. John’s, Boreham road (mixed), built in 1871, for 90 children; average attendance, 81.

Christ Church, Common, built in 1872, for 100 children; average attendance, 65.

National, Samborne hill, built in 1825, for 195 children; average attendance, 100.

National (girls & infants), Sambourne hill, built in 1825, for 195 children; average attendance, 100.

National (girls), Vicarage street, built in 1883, for 120 children; average attendance, 70.

National (infants), Vicarage street, built 1874, for 300 children; average attendance, 91.

British (boys), The Close, built in 1836, for 250 children; average attendance, 100.

British (girls), North row, built in 1704, for 150 children; average attendance, 100.

British (mixed), Common, built in 1845, for 150 children; average attendance, 107.

British (infants), The Close, built in 1836, for 50 children; average attendance, 46.

Wilts Reformatory, Frome road (for boys), certified December 23, 1856; Rev. William Moore B.A., manager; William Verity, superintendent.

Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire (1898)

Surnames Found in Warminster

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Curtis1743.07
2Pearce851.50
3Price831.47
4Smith721.27
5Payne681.20
6Cundick631.11
7Foreman621.09
8Whatley611.08
9King591.04
10White571.01
11Adlam530.94
12Young510.90
13Turner510.90
14Prince480.85
15Holton480.85
16Elloway450.79
17Bush440.78
18Brown430.76
19Trollope400.71
20Carter390.69
21Scott390.69
22Pinnell350.62
23Hill340.60
24Sly340.60
25Moody300.53
26Tucker300.53
27Taylor300.53
28Haines290.51
29Parker280.49
30Langley280.49
31McEy280.49
32Jones270.48
33Fear270.48
34James260.46
35Butcher260.46
36Sims260.46
37Reynolds260.46
38Gilbert260.46
39Alexander240.42
40Trapp240.42
41Ford240.42
42Humphries230.41
43Martin230.41
44Moore230.41
45Collins220.39
46Snelgrove220.39
47Coles220.39
48Warren210.37
49Cox210.37
50Ball210.37
51Barnes210.37
52Sparey210.37
53Player210.37
54Ryall210.37
55Garrett210.37
56Baker210.37
57Hayter200.35
58Carpenter200.35
59Grant200.35
60Steadman200.35
61Davis200.35
62Edwards190.34
63Long190.34
64Wyatt190.34
65Carr190.34
66Phelps180.32
67Morgan180.32
68Cornish180.32
69Coleman180.32
70Garratt170.30
71Scane170.30
72Daniell170.30
73Prangley170.30
74Grist170.30
75Ransome160.28
76Burgess160.28
77Cane160.28
78Poolman160.28
79Randall160.28
80House160.28
81Harris160.28
82Franklin160.28
83Dyer150.26
84Hughes150.26
85Blake150.26
86Green150.26
87Hillier150.26
88Holloway150.26
89Strong150.26
90Parsons150.26
91Knee150.26
92Gibbs150.26
93Sainsbury140.25
94Minty140.25
95Hall140.25
96Phillips140.25
97Toogood140.25
98Ransom140.25
99Wheeler140.25
100Hobbs140.25

* Statistics based on the 1881 census