Britford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire. East Harnham is a chapelry of Britford.

Alternative names: Brytford, Brutford, Brudefort, Burtford and Burford

Other places in the parish include: the tything of East Harnham, and the hamlet of Longford

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1572
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1620

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Britford

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRITFORD, or Burford, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict in Alderbury district, Wilts. The village stands adjacent to the Salisbury and Southampton canal, near the Bishopstoke and Salisbury railway, 1½ mile SE of Salisbury; and has a fair on 12 Aug. The parish includes also the tything of East Harnham, and the hamlet of Longford; and its Post Town is Salisbury. Acres, 3,148. Real property, £6,980. Pop., 872. Houses, 157. The property is divided among a few.

The manor belonged anciently to King Harold; and belongs now to the Earl of Radnor. Longford Castle, the seat of the Earl, occupied by Viscount Folkestone, was built about 1591 by Sir Thomas Gorges; is a curiously constructed edifice, of triangular form, with inner court; and possesses a very fine picture gallery.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £281. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church is cruciform; and contains a mausoleum of the Bouveries, and a curious, sculptured altar-tomb, usually, but erroneously, said to be that of the Duke of Buckingham who was beheaded by Richard III.

East Harnham vicarage is a separate benefice.

The parish contains Alderbury workhouse.

The subdistrict comprises five parishes, a tything, a liberty, and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 9,095. Pop., 5,623. Houses, 985.

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

Parish Registers

Marriages at Britford 1573-1812

Marriages Out of Parish

Details Place of Marriage
John Elms & Patty Butt, of Burtford, co. Wilts 20 Apr. 1755 Mere

Parish Records

FamilySearch

England, Wiltshire, Britford – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Britford, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Wiltshire, Britford – Church records ( 4 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Britford, 1620-1880
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Britford (Wiltshire)

Bishop’s transcripts for East Harnham, 1854-1879
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of East Harnham (Wiltshire); Church of England. Parish Church of Britford (Wiltshire)

Marriages at Britford, 1573-1812
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Britford (Wiltshire)

Parish registers for Britford, 1572-1989
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Britford (Wiltshire)

England, Wiltshire, Britford – Court records ( 1 )
Court records, 1590-1592
Author: Church of England. Dean and Chapter of Sarum. Peculiar Court

England, Wiltshire, Britford – Manors ( 1 )
Rentals of the lordships of Northfield and Weoley, Bedcote, Old Swinford and Stourbridge, lordships in cos. Salop … : 1549-1550

England, Wiltshire, Britford – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Manorial records of Britford, Wiltshire, 1451-1845
Author: Manor of Britford. Court (Wiltshire)

England, Wiltshire, Britford – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Creed registers, ca. 1900-1925
Author: Alderbury and Salisbury Union (Wiltshire)

England, Wiltshire, Britford – Probate records ( 1 )
Original wills, administrations and inventories, 1625-1638
Author: Church of England. Dean and Chapter of Sarum. Peculiar Court

England, Wiltshire, Britford – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments in Britford, Wiltshire 1780-1831
Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Alderbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – None, Post-1846 – Chalke
  • Poor Law Union: Alderbury
  • Hundred: Cawden and Cadworth
  • Province: Canterbury

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