Atworth with South Wraxall, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Atworth with South Wraxall is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Wiltshire, created in 1846 from Atworth chapelry and South Wraxall chapelry in Bradford-on-Avon Ancient Parish.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish; Civil Parish (after 1884)

Atworth was formerly a tithing of Bradford, but by an order of the Local Government Board, 19th December, 1884, the tithing of Atworth was amalgamated with Great and Little Chatfield and Cottles to form the civil parish of Atworth (ecclesiastically they remain as before.)1

Alternative names: Atford, Atworth

Other places in the parish include: Upper Wraxall, Lower Wraxall, and South Wraxall.

Parish church: St Michael (rebuilt in 1832)

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1645
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1585

Separate registers exist for South Wraxall:

  • Parish registers: 1672
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1622

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Primitive Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Atworth

  • Corsham
  • Shaw
  • Bradford-on-Avon Christ Church
  • Box
  • Great Chalfield
  • Little Chalfield and Cottles

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ATWORTH, or Atford, a chapelry in Bradford parish, Wilts; near the Roman road, 3 miles WNW of Melksham r. station. Post Town, Melksham. Acres, 1,170. Real property, with South Wraxall, £5,337. Pop., 949. Houses, 225. The property is not much divided. The living is a vicarage with South Wraxall, in the diocese of Salisbury Value, £255. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church was built in 1828. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £17.

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

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Atworth, 3 miles N. E. Great Bradford. P. included therein.

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


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


  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Bradford on Avon
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Potterne
  • Poor Law Union: Bradford
  • Hundred: Bradford
  • Province: Canterbury

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