Codford St Mary is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.
Alternative names: St Mary Codford
Parish church: St. Mary
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1653
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1623
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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
CODFORD-ST. MARY, a parish in Warminster district, Wilts; on the river Wiley, near Codford r. station, 4 miles SE of Heytesbury. It has a post office under Bath. Acres, 2,123. Real property, with Codford-St. Peter, £4,086. Pop., 404. Houses, 92. The property is divided among a few. Codford-Hill is crowned by a curious earthwork, called Ogbury or Codford Circle, supposed to have been formed by Druids for religious rites; and commands a most interesting view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £306. Patron, St. John’s College, Oxford. The church is later English, in good condition; and there is an Independent chapel.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848
CODFORD (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Warminster, hundred of Heytesbury, Warminster and S. divisions of Wilts, 2 miles (N. W.) from Wily; containing 338 inhabitants.
This parish, situated on the river Wily, and the road from Bristol to Portsmouth, comprises 2123 acres, of which 661 are common or waste; the soil is chalk, of which there are some pits, whence are taken materials for building cottages and for the roads.
The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £18, and in the patronage of St. John’s College, Oxford: the tithes have been commuted for £345, and the glebe, including a portion of downland, comprises about 95 acres. The church was nearly rebuilt in 1844; it was a very ancient structure, supposed to have been built anterior to the Conquest, and had a Norman arch, surmounting one of plainer character, thought to be of Saxon architecture. There is a place of worship for Independents. The remains of a British camp are to be seen.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848
Kelly’s Post Office Directory 1855
Bennett Mr Thomas
Maddox Rev John Webb [Independent minister]
Webster Rev George Mountjoy D D Rectory
Andrews Edward draper
Beckett John basket maker
Bendall John saddler & harness maker & postmaster
Bennett William farmer
Fidler Matthew Rivers shopkeeper
Fry Thomas shopkeeper & blacksmith
Goodfellow James baker
Hinton Charles tailor
Hinwood Thomas blacksmith
Merchant Esther Mrs boot & maker
Morgan William parish clerk
Norton George plumber painter & glazier
Notley Anthony farmer
Perriour Thomas & John sieve makers
Rabbits James shopkeeper
Sims Joseph boot & shoe maker
Sparey Charles baker & carrier
Sturgess Elizabeth Mrs draper
Sturgess Richard carpenter
Todd John railway agent
Viney William carrier
Source: Post office [afterw.] Kelly’s directory of Hampshire, Dorsetshire, Wiltshire (the Isle of Wight, and the Channel Islands) 1855
- County: Wiltshire
- Civil Registration District: Warminster
- Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
- Diocese: Salisbury
- Rural Deanery: Wylye
- Poor Law Union: Warminster
- Hundred: Heytesbury
- Province: Canterbury