Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Alton Berners

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1592
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1605; 1609; 1665

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Alton Barnes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALTON-BARNES, or Alton-Berners, a parish in Devizes district, Wilts; on the Kennet and Avon canal, near Wans Dyke, 7 miles E of Devizes r. station. Post town, Pewsey under Marlborough. Acres, 1,053. Real property, £1,520. Pop., 177. Houses, 37. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £294. Patron, New College, Oxford. The church is good.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Alton-Barnes, or Alton-Berners, a parish in the division and union of Devizes, Wiltshire; 44 miles west by north from Pewsey. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Wilts and dio. of Salisbury; rated at £6 18s. 11½d. ; gross income £311. In the patronage of New College, Oxford. There is a small daily school here. Pop., in 1801, 83; in 1831, 138. Houses 25. Acres 250. A. P. £959. Poor rates, in 1837, £40. This parish is intersected by the Avon canal.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Alton-Barnes, 7 miles S.W. Marlborough. P. 167.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Parish Registers

Marriages at Alton Barnes 1597-1812


Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire and the Isle of Wight 1889

Residents 1855

Alton Barnes

Everett Rev Charles Dundas M A curate

Williams Rev David B C L rector


Bridgman Mary Mrs mistress Parochial school 

Huntley William carpenter

Smith Gideon parish clerk

Young James farmer 

Source: Post office [afterw.] Kelly’s directory of Hampshire, Dorsetshire, Wiltshire (the Isle of Wight, and the Channel Islands) 1855


  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Devizes
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Avebury
  • Poor Law Union: Devizes
  • Hundred: Swanborough (Wiltshire)
  • Province: Canterbury

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