Shaw, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Shaw is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Wiltshire, created in 1843 from Melksham Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Shaw and Whitley

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1838
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1838

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SHAW and WHITLEY, a chapelry in Melksham parish, Wilts; 1¼ mile WNW of Melksham r. station. It was constituted in 1842; and it has a post-office, of the name of Shaw, under Melksham. Pop., 596. Houses, 142. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £100. Patron, the Vicar of Melksham.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Shaw and Whitley, 1838-1880 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Shaw and Whitley (Wiltshire)


Land tax assesments for the chapelry of Shaw and Whitley, 1773-1884 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)


Vision of Britain historical maps


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