Corsley, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Corsley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Whitbourne, Little Corsley, Great Corsley, and Corsley Heath.

Alternative names: Corsley with Chapmanslade

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1686
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608-1609; 1625-1626; 1669

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CORSLEY, a parish in Warminster district, Wilts; at the boundary with Somerset, near the Weymouth and the Salisbury branches of the Great Western railway, 3½ miles ESE of Frome. It contains Great and Little Corsley hamlets; includes Corsley-Heath, where fairs are held on Whit-Tuesday and the first Monday of Aug.; and has a post office under Warminster. Acres, 2,580. Real property, £5,023. Pop., 1,235. Houses, 303. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £215. Patron, the Marquis of Bath. The church was recently rebuilt, and is in the early English style. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans.

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


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Watts John, Corsley Heath, Wiltshire, grocer and baker, Nov. 11, 1831.


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Wiltshire
Civil Registration District: Warminster
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
Diocese: Salisbury
Rural Deanery: Wylye
Poor Law Union: Warminster
Hundred: Warminster
Province: Canterbury