Wiltshire Community History
These pages contain information on 261 Wiltshire communities covering the whole of the Wiltshire Council administered area of the county; having been compiled by Wiltshire Libraries & Heritage. Every community page already has certain basic information, such as early maps, local administrative bodies, population from 1801, newspapers for its area, lists of local maps, the registration district, information on buildings and links to other sites of interest. Since our launch in May 2002 we have been adding much more detailed information for each community. This includes a further parish map, a brief history of the community, histories of churches and schools, a booklist, local authors and literary associations and images of old and modern photographs.
We are currently adding the full text and illustrations of over 70 key early works on Wiltshire. These can be viewed by opening Text Images in the left-hand column of this page. All original material, both archive and published, is available at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre at Chippenham.
The 261 communities are all modern civil parishes with the exception of Imber, which has been included because of national interest. After we complete all 261 communities we will add a further 180 villages and hamlets which are distinct communities although they are part of a differently named parish.
There is full historical information available for the communities listed below and opening one of these will provide a link to that community:
Barford St. Martin
Berwick St. John
Bradford on Avon
Charlton (North Wilts)
Charlton (Vale of Pewsey)
Donhead St. Andrew
Donhead St. Mary
Kington St. Michael
Lea and Cleverton
Malmesbury St. Paul Without
Ogbourne St. Andrew
Ogbourne St. George
Pitton & Farley
Sedgehill and Semley
Stanton St. Quintin
Stourton with Gaspar
Information, including maps, FAQs, local authors and literary associations, are being added to communities continuously so make regular visits to see if there is new material for your community. Enter any community name as a search keyword and you will find some information for that community. Pressing 'Search' will display the full list of communities. The next community entries to be extended to full coverage are:Durnford
The flash shows when a community has been recently completed.
You can search for details of a particular community by using the search facility on this page or the search results page.
Please look at the communities in which you are interested for regular updates and if you have a local history enquiry e-mail us at Local Studies
Community History - Last Updated : Tuesday 27th January 2015