Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Nicholas

Parish registers begin:

* Parish registers: 1560
* Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Bromham

  • Southbroom
  • Calne
  • Melksham
  • Rowde
  • Chittoe
  • Heddington

Historical Descriptions of Bromham

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BROMHAM, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Devizes district, Wilts. The village stands 1½ mile N of the Kennet and Avon canal, 1¾ S of the Roman road to Bath, 2 miles N by E of Seend r. station, and 3½ NW of Devizes; and has a post office under Chippenham, and an hostelry. The parish comprises 3,593 acres. Real property, £6,894. Pop., 1,402. Houses, 314. The property is divided among a few. The manor was held, in the time of Edward the Confessor, by Earl Harold; belonged, in the time of Henry VI., to Lord St. Amand; and passed from him to the Bayntons. Bromham House was destroyed in 1645. Spy Park house was built in 1650 by the Bayntons; is an interesting embattled edifice, on the verge of a fine hill; was occasionally visited, in the time of Charles II., by the witty but profligate Earl of Rochester; and is now the seat of J. Baynton Starky, Esq. Sloperton Cottage, in the north, near Bowood Park, was long the residence and eventually the death-place of the poet Moore. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £698. Patron, the Rev. E. Edgell. The church is decorated English, richly sculptured; has a handsome spire; was restored in 1869; and contains tombs of the Bayntons, an alabaster tomb of a Beauchamp, and a monumental tablet to Dr. Season, who wrote “Season on the Seasons.” The churchyard contains the grave of the poet Moore. There are a Baptist chapel, a Wesleyan chapel, and alms-houses, the latter with £20 a year. Bishop Webb, the Somerset county historian Collinson, and Dr. Season were natives. The subdistrict contains four parishes and part of another. Acres, 13,903. Pop., 4,884. Houses, 1,103.

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: Devizes
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire
Diocese: Salisbury
Rural Deanery: Avebury
Poor Law Union: Devizes
Hundred: Potterne and Cannings
Province: Canterbury

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