Alton Priors, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Status: Chapelry (Overton, Wiltshire) succeeded by Alton Priors Ecclesiastical Parish

Boundary changes: Alton Priors Ecclesiastical Parish abolished to enlarge Alton Barnes Ecclesiastical Parish

Alternative names: Alton Priors with West Stowell, Alton Priors with Stowell

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1664; see also Overton
  • Bishop's Transcripts: 1605

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Alton Priors

Historical Descriptions

Alton Priors

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALTON-PRIORS, a chapelry in Overton parish, Wilts; on the Kennet and Avon canal, contiguous to Alton Barnes, 7 miles E of Devizes r. station. It includes the tything of Stowell; and its Post Town is Pewsey under Marlborough. Acres, 2,630. Real property, £2,038. Pop., 207. Houses, 46. The manor belonged anciently to Winchester monastery. The living is a curacy, an nexed to Overton vicarage, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church has a curious-brass of 1528.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Alton-Priors, a chapelry in the parish of Overton division of Everley and Pewsey, union of Pewsy, Wiltshire; 1 mile south of Alton-Barnes. Living, a curacy in the patronage of the vicar of Overton. Pop., in 1801, including the tything of Stowell, 178; in 1831, 923. Houses 40. Acres 2,630. A. P. £1,853. Poor rates, in 1837, £89.

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

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Alton-Priors with Stowell, 4 m. S. by W. Overton. P.251

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

Stowell

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Stowell, co. Wilts.

P. T. Marlborough (74) 6 m. SW b S. Pop. with Alton Priors 166.

A tithing in the parish of Overton and hundred of Elstub and Everley.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. III; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Directories

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

Residents 1855

Alton Priors

Tanner John esq Stowell house

TRADERS

Gale Maria Mrs shopkeeper 

Giddings Charles farmer West Stowell

Simpkins James George farmer

Tasker Thomas grocer 

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

Administration

  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Pewsey
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Avebury
  • Poor Law Union: Pewsey
  • Hundred: Elstub and Everleigh
  • Province: Canterbury