Purton, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Purton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Stoke and Braydon.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1592

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PURTON, a village and a parish in Cricklade district, Wilts. The village stands on an eminence near the Swindon and Gloucester railway, 1 mile W of the North Wilts canal, and 4¾ NW of Swindon; and has a station on the railway, a post-office under Swindon, and fairson the Tuesday before 6 May and the Friday after 19 Sept. The parish contains also Braydon hamlet and Cricklade workhouse. Acres, 7,878. Rated property, £10,157. Pop., 2,087. Houses, 453. The property is subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £690. Patron, the Earl of Shaftesbury. The church is a handsome edifice, with two towers and a spire; and contains monuments of the Maskelynes. There are chapels for Independents and Primitive Methodists, an endowed school with £17 a year, and charities £80.

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Cricklade
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire
  • Diocese: Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Cricklade
  • Poor Law Union: Cricklade and Wootton Bassett
  • Hundred: Highworth, Cricklade and Staple
  • Province: Canterbury