Maiden Bradley Wiltshire & Somerset Family History Guide

Maiden Bradley is an Ancient Parish partly in Somerset and partly in Wiltshire.

Alternative names: Maiden Bradley, Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield

Other places in the parish include: Yarnfield.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1662
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608-1609; 1623

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MAIDEN-BRADLEY, a village and a parish in the district of Mere; the village and most of the parish in Wilts, the rest of the parish in Somerset. The village stands 4¼ miles N of Mere, and 5 ESE of Witham r. station; occupies high ground, overlooked by higher but isolated hills; and has a post office under Bath, and a picturesque inn. The parish includes, as its Somerset portion, the hamlet of Yarnfield; and comprises altogether 4,546 acres. Real property of the Wilts portion, 5,118. Pop., 592. Houses, 119. Real property of Yarnfield, returned with Kilmington and Norton-Ferris. Pop., 61. Houses, 13. The property belongs to the Duke of Somerset; and Maiden-Bradley House is the Duke's seat. An hospital for leprous women was founded here, in the time of Stephen, or in that of Henry II., by Mauasser Bisset; was changed, in 1190, into an Angustinian priory; was given, at the dissolution, to the Seymours; and is now represented by some remains, incorporated with a farm-house. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury-Value, £121. Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church contains monuments of the Seymours, and is good. Charities, £13.

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.

White Benjamin, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, farmer, June 7, 1823.

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