Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Coombe Bissett is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire. West Harnham is a chapelry of Coombe Bissett.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St Michael and All Angels

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1637
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1579

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COOMBE-BISSETT, a parish in Alderbury district, Wilts; on an affluent of the river Avon, 3 miles S of Wilton r. station, and 3½ SW of Salisbury. It has a post office under Salisbury. Acres, 2,196. Real property, with Hornington and Odstock, £5,180. Pop., 337. Houses, 83. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of West Harnham, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £220. Patron, the Prebendary of Combe. The church is very good. Charities, £7.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

COOMBE, BISSETT (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Alderbury, hundred of Cawden and Cadworth, Salisbury and Amesbury, and S. divisions of Wilts, 3 miles (S. W.) from Salisbury; containing 406 inhabitants. The parish derives its name from its situation in one of the narrow bourns, or combes, with which Salisbury Plain is intersected, and its distinguishing adjunct from the family to which it formerly belonged. It is on the road from Salisbury to Blandford and Exeter, and comprises about 2200 acres. The living is a discharged vicarage, with that of Harnham annexed, valued in the king's books at £7; patron, the Prebendary of Coombe and Harnham in the Cathedral of Salisbury; impropriator, the Earl of Radnor. The great tithes have been commuted for £370, and the impropriator's glebe contains 130 acres; the vicarial tithes have been commuted for £210, of which £50 are for Harnham, and there is a glebe-house. The church is in the later English style.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Census returns for Coombe-Bissett, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop's transcripts for Coombe-Bissett, 1589-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Coombe-Bissett (Wiltshire)

Churchwardens account book and miscellaneous parish records 1724-1866, Coombe-Bissett, Wiltshire Author: Coombe-Bissett (Wiltshire)

Parish register transcripts, 1636-1840 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Coombe-Bissett (Wiltshire)

Parish registers for Coombe-Bissett, 1636-1988 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Coombe-Bissett (Wiltshire)

Court Records

Court records for the manor of Combe-Bissett, 1372-1555, 1615-1853 Author: Manor of Coombe-Bissett. Court (Wiltshire)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Churchwardens account book and miscellaneous parish records 1724-1866, Coombe-Bissett, Wiltshire Author: Coombe-Bissett (Wiltshire)

Creed registers, ca. 1900-1925 Author: Alderbury and Salisbury Union (Wiltshire)

Probate records - Indexes

Index to wills, 1648-1855 Author: Church of England. Prebendal Court (Coombe-Bissett and West Harnham, Wiltshire)

Public records

Churchwardens account book and miscellaneous parish records 1724-1866, Coombe-Bissett, Wiltshire Author: Coombe-Bissett (Wiltshire)

Taxation

Land tax assessments in Coombe-Bissett, 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 Prebendal of Coombe and Harnham
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 - None, Post-1846 - Chalke
  • Poor Law Union: Alderbury
  • Hundred: Cawden and Cadworth
  • Province: Canterbury