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Date Question Asked: Monday 22nd June 2015 09:36
I am interested in the history of the Vikings but wondered if they ever reached Salisbury. I have lots of information about when they were in York and the north but it made me think about which other British towns and cities they occupied. If you have any general information I would be most grateful as I have found very little on the Internet.

Date Question Asked: Sunday 2nd March 2014 20:39
I am the Education & Research Officer for Stoolball England and have come across a reference on your website ( http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getcom2.php?id=201 ) to stoolball being played in Sherston in 1630. The game will have been stoolball in its original form, not as we play it now, but I'm interested to know what the document or record it is that mentions the game being played. We are trying to gather a record of where stoolball has been played and it would be very interesting to be able to reference the document on our timeline. If you have knowledge of any other mentions of stoolball we'd be very glad to hear about them. Many thanks in advance for your help,

Date Question Asked: Wednesday 20th July 2011 12:44
Hello, I'm looking for information about the changes of occupations in village inhabitants in Wiltshire between WW1 and WW2 i.e. was there a move away from agricultural jobs into other fields or did population dwindle in the villages as people drifted to the towns? I'm particularly interested in the north eastern part of Wiltshire but any other areas would be useful. I would be grateful if you could let me know of any relevant books/articles etc.

Date Question Asked: Wednesday 20th July 2011 12:32
I understand that Rode is in Wiltshire. However, on looking at the Map it appears to be in Somerset. Can you please clarify this for me and the year in which it became a part of Somerset.

Date Question Asked: Saturday 9th July 2011 10:01
I understand that there was once a workhouse in Laverstock, Salisbury. Do you know the location, please, and also the location of Laverstock House, which became a private asylum.

Date Question Asked: Saturday 9th July 2011 09:52
When was Westbury Library built & does it have a ghost.

Date Question Asked: Saturday 9th July 2011 09:44
Can you tell me anything about Bromham House which was destroyed during the Civil War? I believe a smaller house called Spye House was built at Spye Park, using some of the remains of the original building.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What does the name 'Imber' mean?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have read about 'Hundreds' and I know that the Victoria History uses them as land division, but what is a 'hundred'?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I was watching a series in Canada called 'Crown and Country' narrated by Prince Edward. In one he was talking about an old royal residence for which only a part of a wall and one doorway still stands. On the doorway is a statement by King Edward with reference to the beginning of the independence of the English church. What are the ruins and what is the statement?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have found a reference to pin making in Marlborough in the 17th century. Could you tell me something about this as I didn't know that it was a Wiltshire industry.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Why did Bradford on Avon have the nickname 'Snuffy'

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have just purchased a picture postcard of the Red Cross Hospital barge 'Bittern' on a waterway at Bradford on Avon. It is of the First World War period and I would be grateful if you could provide me with any information on this boat.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What is the origin of the nickname, 'Potterne Lambs', for the villagers of Potterne?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Is there a Wiltshire connection with Thomas à Becket? I believe that there is a St. Thomas's Path in south Wiltshire.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have found a family in the parish of Alvediston with the name 'Gawen'. Could they have been the same family as Gawain, the Knight of the Round Table?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have heard that the Green Dragon in Alderbury was the original of the Blue Dragon in Charles Dickens's 'Martin Chuzzlewit'. Is this true?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have heard that there was a 'flying monk' of Malmesbury. Could you give me some information about him please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have heard that the couplet that begins, 'The Cat, the Rat and Lovel the Dogge' was written by a Wiltshireman. Could you tell me what it means please.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
On the map of 1887 for Southwick it says that there is a burial ground in St. Thomas's Church but the man who gave the land for the church said that no one was to be buried there. Which is correct?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What is the association of the film 'The Titfield Thunderbolt' with Wiltshire?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
There was a railway engine called 'Rood Ashton Hall'. I believe that this Hall was in Wiltshire, could you tell me where it was please.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What was the original use of St. Margaret's Hall in Bradford on Avon?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What is the classical looking derelict building on the left hand side of the road as you enter Devizes, just before Wadworth's Brewery?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What does the 'Maiden' part of Maiden Bradley mean?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have heard it suggested that the name Beaman's Lane, in Wootton Bassett, used to be Bearman's, referring to a performing bear. Is this purely anecdotal?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
How do I get to see the rare snake's head fritilleries in Cricklade?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What can you tell me about the Salt's Hole in Purton, and the medical properties of the water drawn there?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I am looking for a mill in the manor of Tockenham or West Tockenham mention in the Domesday Book and a watermill mentioned in 1341 held by Henry de Badmynton and his wife Eleanor who conveyed part to Robert Philipps. I am also looking for information on Courts held at West Tockenham and any Gallows or hangings held in this area. I know courts were held there in 1560 -1584. Where can I find information on these?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
My ancestor was born in Clack, Wiltshire, according to the Census, but I can't find Clack on any modern map. Where was it, please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I understand Britain's tallest man had Wiltshire connections, being known as the Avebury Giant. How can I find out more about him?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
In Salisbury Cathedral there is a tomb-slab recording the birth of one Thomas Lambert who was born one May and died in February “of the same year”. In his guide to the Cathedral in the Bell's Series Roy Spring jokingly says “he died before he was born!” So how can this be?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I would like to stage a mummers' play, as a change from the school nativity play, but I can't find much in the way of background, nor indeed the texts of any of the plays. Can you help, please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I recently came across the following notice in the Salisbury Times of 27th January 1933, under the heading 'Wooton Bassett Flitch Trial': “At a flitch trial held at Wootton Bassett last week, Mr E.C. Fielder was judge and Mr H. Dale, Clerk of the Court: there were also four barristers, all in legal attire. Dr J.M. Ross was foreman of the jury of bachelors and spinsters. Upon the long table in front of the judge were the flitch, two hams, two pieces of bacon and a p[ork pie]. Five claimants were ushered in by the ushers ... and the Sergeant .... The awards were as follow: 1: Mr and Mrs Carter; 2: ... Street; 3: ... Woodward; 4: .... Parsons; 5: ... Hawkins”. So, if you will pardon my ignorance, what was that all about? Clearly it was an award to married couples, and taken seriously if barristers were prepared to be in attendance, but what else? Was it a Wiltshire custom?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have come across the word 'boot', as a suffix in manorial court records. What was such a boot?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I've been looking at some copies of parish registers and wills in the Record Office, and I have a rough idea of what's going on, but can you recommend a guide to early handwriting, please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What is the symbolism behind Salisbury's coat of arms?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Is there any connection between Benjamin Collins, proprietor of the 'Salisbury Journal' and the Collins in HarperCollins?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I'd like to know what happened in Salisbury in 1830. Is there a list of events, year by year, like a timeline or a chronology?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
The Salisbury Giant is to be seen in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, but is also paraded in the St George's Day celebrations. Is the paraded Giant the original or a replica?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have found an ancestor on the 1881 Census, living at Brown's Lane, which is clearly off the Wilton Road; but I've looked in vain for the street: what is it called today?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
An ancestor of mine has on their birth certificate the place of birth Hog Lane, Salisbury. I'd like to know whereabouts Hog Lane was, for it doesn't appear on any modern street plans of the city.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I am interested in the history of the King's Arms at St John Street, Salisbury. There was a publican names Thomas Watts that resided there in 1830. Can you please tell me how long he was publican there.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I am interested in retracing Celia Fiennes' travels, and wonder if there are any late-seventeenth century maps which would show the routes she travelled.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Are there any records, electronic or physical, concerning the history of the ordinary streets and houses in Salisbury to which we can gain access for interest's sake?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
What can you tell me about the history of the rotunda in the former Museum in St Ann Street, Salisbury, now St Ann's Place?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I wish to find information about George Bartlett, who was a boot maker and lived at 3 High Street, Salisbury until his death in 1908. He was the secretary of the Salisbury and District Oddfellows Association for over 40 years and his daughter Harriett founded the Salisbury and District Ladies' Oddfellows' Association.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Ever since doing National Service on Salisbury Plain, I have always wondered when it became reserved for Army training: have you any suggestions please? I don't have access to the internet.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
am trying to discover the owner of Tisbury Mill in 1920's and 1930's. I think my father, Henry Percy, worked there. I was wondering if his father, George Percy, also worked there.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
In 1840, was the clergyman at the church of St John the Evangelist, Bemerton, a vicar or a rector, and when was St John's church built?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I am trying to find out some info on my great-grandmother's sister, Elizabeth Kate Jay (known as Kitty) who owned the printing works in Winchester Street, Salisbury. The printing shop was in Winchester Street from 1854 till approximately 1980. I have an undated press cutting from the year when Elizabeth was 80, but I am not sure when she died. Any information you can turn up would be very helpful.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have a photograph of the Wilts and Dorset Bus Company's booking office in Amesbury: it is on the corner of the High Street and Salisbury Street, opposite the Lloyds Bank. The premises are now occupied by a ladies' and children's wear shop, but I can remember it being a milk bar. What I'd like to know is when exactly the shop was the booking office.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
My ancestor's address on the 1881 Census is given as 5 Witt's Court, off Gigant Street, in Salisbury. Is there a way of telling where this was, please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Was Perham Down used as a base for foreign troops in the First World War - I am interested especially in the period 1917-1918 and the possibility of South African units being there

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I've heard that on election night, the victorious candidate for the Salisbury City constituency has to sing a traditional Wiltshire song. Is this true and if so what is it?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I would be very interested to know the meaning of 'Ley' as in Ley Business Park, Box. Is this to do with local farming?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have a set of three pen & ink drawings, signed by William Brown featuring the Joiners' Hall, the Old George Inn and the Old House Inn Minster Street Salisbury. They are all delightful drawings and I am anxious to find out more about the artist and his work. Could you help please and oblige?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have information that a female relative of mine by the name of Ranger was a Governess/School teacher Salisbury in what was a few years ago Snell's tea rooms, now I believe called Polly something. There is a church opposite as well, any connection to the school? Thank you.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Help! I am confused! Having read Desmond Hawkins' “The Grove diaries” I thought I would like to find out more about Ferne House. But while the Victoria History states the house was demolished forty years ago, and I cannot see it on any modern map, it is still described, under 'Berwick St John' in the latest edition of Pevsner's “Wiltshire” in the “Buildings of England Series”. What's going on?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I am on the recently formed Friends of Victoria Park Committee and have been given the task of collecting local people's memories of the park. At a recent family day in the park we had a small stand to explain our purpose and many older people came up to talk to us about the park and its place in the lives of local families in Salisbury. We think it would be good to have a record of these memories. Is there any help or advice I can get from your department?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Help! I am stuck on the 1901 Census, looking for the Salisbury Infirmary, and it doesn't seem to be anywhere near the rest of Fisherton Anger. Where is it, please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
In his will, my father left to my brother a beautiful Queen Anne walnut writing desk which he believed to have come originally from the Judges' Lodging in Salisbury when this was given up sometime in the 19th Century and then belonged to his grandfather Robert Robey of West Grimstead, Wiltshire. Recent research into the family history shows that Robert Robey, who was a gamekeeper, died in 1891 so he must have acquired the desk before that date. I wonder whether you have any knowledge of a Judges' Lodging in Salisbury? If so, I should be most interested to hear of its location and whether it still exists. Are there any records of its disposal? - probably in the second half of the 19th Century - even an inventory of its contents!

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
In a previous FAQ you mention a jeweller's in Salisbury, viz. 'Sly in the Market Place.' I'm trying to find out about a silversmith, Thos. Sly who was working in Salisbury in the 1830s. Is this the same firm and do you have any other information for the Sly jewellers and silversmiths? Ideally I would like to find the sales record for a particular pocket watch.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Please can you provide me with the history of Woolley Terrace in Bradford on Avon - I'm interested in the weavers' cottages and when they were built.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Can you tell me whether Stapleford was a 'Thankful Village', that is to say one of the few which sent their sons to serve the Great War and welcomed them all home again?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Driving in from Frome to Trowbridge, I was intrigued to notice Pitman Avenue, as my surname is Pitman. It's not named after me, who does it commemorate, please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have recently acquired a little book called Horae Sarisburienses. Far from being a book of hours according to the Sarum Use it is a collection of articles arranged into six numbered sections. Since the dedication, to the Revd G. Radcliffe, is signed by 'his grateful pupils' and the preface is inscribed 'to our schoolfellows in general', it must be a school magazine. What can you tell me about the book and the school, and is the book available in libraries, or is mine a one-off?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
As a child I used to visit my grandparents in a house called Riseholme, on Bouverie Avenue in Harnham. A check of the Royal Mail 'Postal Address Book' shows only three named properties, and all the rest numbered - with some gaps in the numbering between Bouverie Avenue and Bouverie Avenue South. I should like to revisit the house, assuming it has simply been given a number and not knocked down: can you help me to identify it please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Having recently bought W.H. Hudson's 'A Shepherd's Life', I would like to read more of similar sorts of works: can you suggest any titles, please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I understand that the Byways Guest House, no. 31 Fowler's Road, was built in 1886 for the Cripps family, who were grocers in Catherine Street, and was known as Hillbrow. What can you tell me about the property, and the Crippses who had it built? Are there any pictures available of them or their home or business?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
An ancestor of mine, John William Edginton, appears in Pigot's Directory, 1842 under Salisbury as a 'brass and cock founder, engineer and gas-fitter', in Pennyfarthing Street. But I have not succeeded in tracing him in the 1841 Census, or anywhere else for that matter. Can you explain his job-title and shed any further light on him, please?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I am looking for Hillview Terrace, Milford Hill, Salisbury, and Radnor Terrace, Queen's Road, Salisbury. Can you identify these for me?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Hello, I am presently researching Robert Benson's life as he is an ancestor of mine and I am compiling genealogical data. I have seen the Salisbury Civic Society's web page on Henry Hatcher, "plaque number 51" referring to Robert Benson. Do you have anything on Robert Benson similar to the Hatcher page?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Can you confirm, or otherwise, that Standlynch Park, Charlton All Saints, was acquired by Act of Parliament in 1814, re-named Trafalgar House, and presented to Nelson's elder brother William? Was this purchase made out of the £99,000 that had been awarded by Parliament to William Nelson or was a gift made'by a grateful nation' in addition to that award? And why was the Trafalgar House purchase made so long after Nelson's death?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have an old book called “Stanhope on the Epistles”, with a number of inscriptions. At the back of the book is a kind of diary entry: 'The harvest for the year 1818, I began reaping July 28th and I finished the whole on 25th August, namesly wheat, barley, oates and beans. What is remarkable [is that] I carried my clover seed on 25th August. It was never known to be better than at that early period. Signed Robert Smith Senr, Faulstone Farm, Bishopston.' Elsewhere are two other inscriptions, 'The gift of Miss Evans to Robert Smith Junior, March 23rd 1809' and 'Robert Smith Junr, 1823'. What can you tell me about Faulstone Farm, the Robert Smiths, Miss Evans, Stanhope and so on?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
In Thomas Hardy's “Far from the madding crowd” there is reference to the barracks where Sergeant Troy is quartered, as being on 'the outskirts of a certain town and military station, many miles north of Weatherbury'. Have you any idea where this might be?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
In the Winterslow Women's Institute Scrap Book there is a photograph of the Pheasant Hotel labelled 'approximately as the inn was in Hazlett's [sic] day, but there are bicycles up against the wall. Is there any way of dating the picture more accurately?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
Do you have any information on Dilton Marsh Rectory? An ancestor attended a school of this name (around 1860-70) but it doesn't seem to exist anymore. In 1833 there were two schools in Dilton Marsh. I can only find information on one which became the primary school, but since my ancestor came from a wealthy merchant family the second school would have been a private one. I would be very grateful if you could help in any way.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
I am currently trying to find some information on possible 16th/17th century inhabitants of the Manor House in Winterbourne Gunner.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
I am tracing through my family history and have come up with a number of references to Cliffandy, mainly in the early 1800s. Could you enlighten me as to its whereabouts, and what happened to it.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Is there a source of information about the history of Catridge Farm between Gastard & Lacock? The farm is currently a horse stud.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
My late Grandmother always claimed we were descended from the Flemish Weavers that came to Bradford on Avon. Her maiden name was Windo which she believed dated from them. Is there any way of tracing the weavers names that came over here?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
My mother's half sister was sent to St. Michaels when her mother died in 1909. Do you know where I might find out more about this place?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Have you any information about the toll road, which is now By-way 17 Heddington and Byway 49 Bromham?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Just wondering if you have any information on Derriads Green in Chippenham?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Shortly after passing through Downton on the way to Salisbury there is a sign to Matrimony Farm and I wonder if there is an interesting bit of history attached to this place?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
My daughter is looking for history of The Linnet in Great Hinton for a school project, but we are not having much success finding anything out. Can you help?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Could some one please tell me the origins of the Perrett surname in Wiltshire?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
This question is about the family of James Usher (born 1841) who was resident at the Station Hotel Corsham. We believe the family may have emigrated to Australia possibly in the late 1800s. Do you have any imformation re the Usher family and the Station Hotel. Thank you very much.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Is there a decent chronological account of the houses which have graced the Fonthill Estate?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Do you know if the marked Wolfhall manor relates to the Seymour home at that time or if that was a previous building (now disappeared)?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Could you tell me when the war memorial that stands in the market place chippenham was first officially unvielled.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Please can you tell me some information about Colerne Water Tower in Wiltshire. Many thanks.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
I am trying to find Taylor's Farm which my ancestors, surname Crisp, lived in. It is either in the Woolley or Holt area. Can you help?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
I'm hoping you can help me in my search for pictures and history of the Old Court Hotel in AvonCliffe. My Grandparents worked in the Hotel. My mother was born in Wiltshire in 1926, and lived with her parents in the hotel from birth to age 12. My Mom does not have any pictures of the Hotel, so I would like to be able to find those for her, as well as the history about it.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
My Grandmother, Eveline Louise Blencowe, was born at the Castle Hotel Devizes in 1881. As a child I heard her speak about some land they owned (rented) called Newlands and I remember seeing old photos of a beautiful meadow. There was some talk of their being a grve in it. Can anyone recall anthing about Newlands. I imagine it has now been covered with housing.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
I am about to embark on a history topic with year 4 (age 8/9) in Bradford on Avon. We are taking the riots over the scribbling horse in Westbury Gardens as our focus for finding and using historical evidence. Could you point me in any particular direction?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Can you tell me the origin of the name of the inn, Sally Pussey's Inn, located just off Junction 16 of the M4 on the Swindon to Wootton Bassett road please? Was she a local lady, as the inn sign has her sat with her dog?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
My earliest known ancestor was a Wm Bayly b.1530-35, a broadloom weaver, lived in Chittoe (near Westwood), Bishop's Cannings Parish (at that time, now Bromham Parish), Wiltshire. I can find no indication of any of his ancestors in Wiltshire. The Bayly Bayley Baily Bailey Baillie Baylie name is said to have come from Bailleul (West Flanders), then Balliol (as in Balliol College, Oxford)

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
wonder if you are able to tell me if there is an estimated population of Staverton that includes those from the Staverton waterside developments please? I am assuming that it will be signigicantly higher than the 453 in 2001!



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