Biddestone, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Biddestone St Nicholas, Biddestone St Peter, Bidston, St Nicholas and St Peter Biddestone

Parish church: St. Nicholas and St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

* Parish registers: 1601
* Bishop’s Transcripts: 1606

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Biddestone

  • Corsham
  • Langley Burrell
  • Slaughterford
  • Box
  • Yatton Keynell
  • Chippenham
  • Colerne


Historical Descriptions of Biddestone

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIDDESTONE, or Bidston, a parish-formerly two parishes, St. Peter and St. Nicholas in Chippenham district, Wilts; 3 miles N by W of Corsham r. station, and 4 W of Chippenham. Post Town, Chippenham. Acres of B. St. Peter, 127; of B. St. Nicholas, returned with Slaughterford. Real property of both, £3,226. Pop. of B. St. P., 34. Houses, 5. Pop, of B. St. N., 407. Houses, 89. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Slaughterford, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol Value, £102. Patron, Winchester College. The church of St. Peter was perpendicular English, but has been taken down. The church of St. Nicholas is Norman, has a picturesque bell-turret, and was well repaired in 1850. There is a Baptist chapel. Edmund Smith, the translator of Longinus, and author of the tragedy of Phædra and Hippolytus, died in the parish; and his tomb is in St. Nicholas church.

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

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County: Wiltshire
Civil Registration District: Chippenham
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire
Diocese: Gloucester and Bristol
Rural Deanery: Malmesbury
Poor Law Union: Chippenham
Hundred: Chippenham
Province: Canterbury