Hindon, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Hindon is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Wiltshire, created in 1821 from chapelry in East Knoyle Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Hendon

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1599
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1622

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Primitive Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HINDON, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Tisbury district, Wilts. The town stands on a declivity facing the woods of Fonthill, 3½ miles NW of Tisbury r. station, and 9 SSE of Warminster; is an ancient place, with marks of much vicissitude; sent two members to parliament from the time of Henry VI. till disfranchised by the act of 1832; had, for representatives, Monk Lewis and Henry Fox, afterwards Lord Holland; gave the title of baron to the Hydes; suffered greatly by fire in 1754, and was afterwards considerably rebuilt; consists now chiefly of one broad street; has a post-office under Salisbury, an excellent inn, a church, two dissenting chapels, and a free school; and is a seat of petty sessions and a polling place. The church is ancient, with a tower; was originally a chapel of ease; and was restored and enlarged in 1836. A weekly market was formerly held on Thursday; and fairs are now held on the Monday after Holy Thursday and on 29 Oct. The neighbouring tract to the S and the SE is fertile, ornate, and scenic, and rejoices in the rich demesne of Fonthill; that to the W and the N passes into a wild expanse of down, which has many remains of ancient earthworks; and that to the NE, on to the Great Ridge Wood, 2 miles distant, has traces of several ancient British villages. The parish comprises 212 acres. Real property, with Berwick-St. Leonard, Chicklade, and Fonthill-Giffford, £5,111. Rated property of H. alone, £770. Pop. in 1851, 710; in 1861, 604. Houses, 144. The manor belonged to the Beauchamps, and passed to the Hydes. Hindon House is a chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £75. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. Charities, £104. The sub-district contains eight parishes. Acres, 9,813. Pop., 2,501. Houses, 534.

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.

Fairbairn John, Hindon, Wiltshire, victualler, Jan. 3, 1825

Gainer Samuel, Kingswood, Wiltshire, dyer, Oct. 23, 1836.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog


Census returns for Hindon, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Hindon, 1622-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hindon (Wiltshire)

Parish registers for Hindon, 1599-1945 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hindon (Wiltshire)


Land tax assessments in Hindon, Wiltshire 1740-1876 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)

Window tax for Hindon, Wiltshire, 1762-1774 Author: Great Britain. Exchequer


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Tisbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Chalke
  • Poor Law Union: Tisbury
  • Hundred: Downton
  • Province: Canterbury