Chirton, Wiltshire Family History Guide

The Church of St John the Baptist, Chirton. Chirton is an ancient village. The name itself is Saxon for ‘Farm by the Church’. This church was consecrated on St John the Baptist’s Day in 1170, the same year that Thomas a Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. Brian Robert Marshall / The Church of St John the Baptist, Chirton / CC BY-SA 2.0

Chirton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Conock.

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Churton, Cherrington

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1579
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1622

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Chirton

  • Urchfont with Stert
  • Marden
  • Patney
  • Wilsford

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Churton, Chirton, or Cherrington, a village and a parish in Devizes district, Wilts. The village stands near the Ridge-way, and the river Avon, 3 ½ miles SW of Woodborough r. station, and 5 ½ SE by E of Devizes; and has a post-office, of the name Chirton, under Devizes. Real property, £1,599. The parish includes also the tything of Conock. Acres, 1,858. Real property, £2,733. Pop., 382. Houses, 94. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £168. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is excellent.

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

Parish Registers

Marriages at Cherington or Chirton 1588-1812 – UK Genealogy Archives

Family History Links

FamilySearch Historical Records

Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Wiltshire
Civil Registration District: Devizes
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
Diocese: Salisbury
Rural Deanery: Potterne
Poor Law Union: Devizes
Hundred: Swanborough (Wiltshire)
Province: Canterbury