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Saturday 3rd May 2003 10:50

Question:
My three times great grandfather lived at Coped Hall in Woootton Bassett. Could you tell me something about this house please.

Answer:
Coped Hall is shown as Coppid Hall on the 1773 map of Andrews and Dury and seems to be a building to the north east of Wootton Bassett town in an area then called Shropshire's Marsh. 'The Place-names of Wiltshire' gives the meaning of the name as 'a hall rising to a peak' - presumably a reference to the roof. Kelly's Directory for 1848 shows that Levi Humpries, a farmer, was living at Copped Hall. He was still there in 1867 when he is described as a farmer and cattle dealer. In the 18th and 19th centuries the building certainly seems to have been a farmhouse.

Bibliography:
Map of Wiltshire, 1773, by John Andrews and Andrew Dury

Kelly's Directories of Wiltshire, 1848 - 1867

The Place-names of Wiltshire, by J.E.B. Gover, Allen Mawer and F.M. Stenton. Cambridge University Press, 1939

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