Warminster, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Warminster is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Warminster St Lawrence.

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Warminster

  • Parish registers: 1556
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608-1609; 1622

Warminster St Lawrence

  • Parish registers: 1821
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Protestant Dissenters, Society of Friends/Quaker, Unitarian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WARMINSTER, a town, a parish, a sub-district, a district, and a hundred, in Wilts. The town stands on the Bath and Salisbury railway, at the head of a valley, under escarpments of the downs, on the E border of Salisbury plain, 20 miles NW by W of Salisbury; disputes with Heddington the claim of occupying the site of the Roman Verlucio; derives its name from an ancient nunnery on the banks of the Guere or Were; was known, at Domesday, as Guermestre; is now a seat of sessions and county courts, and a polling place; publishes a weekly newspaper; carries on malting; consists chiefly of one street, about a mile long, with many good houses; and has a head post-office, a r. station with telegraph, three banking offices, two chief inns, a town hall of 1831 in the Tudor style, a market house, a parish church of 1724, two other churches of 1831 and 1865, a chapel of the time of Edward I., four dissenting chapels, an endowed grammar-school with £30 a year, national and British schools, a mission-house for training young men as missionaries, a literary institute, an athenæum, a house for preparing women for home and foreign work, a cottage hospital, a free orphanage, a workhouse, charities £161, a weekly market on Saturday, and three annual fairs. Pop. in 1861, 3,675. Houses, 808. The parish comprises 6,370 acres. Real property, £23,031: of which £24 are in quarries, and £150 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 6,285; in 1861, 5,995. Houses, 1,308. The manor belonged anciently to the Crown; passed, through the Manduits, the Hungerfords, the Howards, and others, to the Thynnes; and belongs now to the Marquis of Bath. Roman antiquities have been found; and an ancient camp is at Southley-Wood. The head living or St. Denys is a vicarage, and that of Christchurch is a p. curacy, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value of St. D., £425; of C., £300. Patron of St. D., the Bishop of S.; of C., the Vicar of W. Bishop Squire was a native. The sub-district contains three parishes and a part. Pop., 7,643. Houses, 1,703. The district includes also Heytesbury and Longbridge-Deverill sub-districts, and comprises 56,356 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £11,151. Pop. in 1851, 17,067; in 1861, 15,942. Houses, 3,545. Marriages in 1863, 105; births, 482, of which 21 were illegitimate; deaths, 298, of which 107 were at ages under 5 years, and 7 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,131; births, 5,069; deaths, 3,334. The places of worship, in 1851, were 26 of the Church of England, with 7,315 sittings; 5 of Independents, with 2,101 s.; 6 of Baptists, with 1,304 s.; 1 of Unitarians, with 200 s.; 3 of Wesleyans, with 748 s.; 2 of Primitive Methodists, with 215 s.; and 3 of Independent Methodists, with 451 s. The schools were 21 public day-schools, with 1,699 scholars; 34 private day-schools, with 565 s.; 28 Sunday schools, with 2,063 s.; and 2 evening schools for adults, with 39 s. The hundred contains 10 parishes. Acres, 25,640. Pop. in 1851, 10,807; in 1861, 10,098. Houses, 2,228.

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

Bankrupts

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.

Boor James, Warminster, Wiltshire, money scrivener, Oct. 27. 1826.

Chettle John, Warminster, Wilts, linen and woollen draper, Мау 28, 1839.

Collier Richard, Warminster, Wilts, victualler, June 26, 1832.

Cook Thomas, Warminster, Wilts, gunsmith, March 2, 1832.

Long William, Warminster, Wiltshire, ironmonger, June 19, 1838.

Minty Edward, Warminster, Wilts, maltster and corn dealer, April 12, 1842.

Nicholls George, Warminster, Wiltshire, linen draper, July 13, 1827.

Payne Thomas, Warminster, Wiltshire, butcher, March 20, 1840

Scammell Edward, Warminster, Wilts, dealer in earthenware, Sept. 18, 1829.

Scammell William Merewether, Warminster, Wilts, currier, Oct. 20, 1829.

Silcox Jacob, Warminster, Wiltshire, carpenter and joiner, Oct. 20, 1840.

Springford John, Warminster, Wiltshire. victualler, Feb. 6, 1827.

Starling Joseph, Warminster, Wilts, hatter, July 7, 1837.

Thring John Tivitoe, Warminster, Wilts. scrivener, Aug. 25, 1835.

Tovey Thomas, Warminster, Wilts, innkeeper, May 26, 1840.

Ubsdell, Charles, Warminster, Wilts. linen draper, Nov. 8, 1823.

Wilkins John, Warminster. Wiltshire, corn factor, Oct. 2, 1824.

Witcomb Levi, Warminster, Wilts, money scrivener, June 14, 1823.

Wyatt John, Warminster, Wiltshire, cabinet maker, Aug. 7, 1835.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Warminster, 1841-1891

Church History

History of nonconformity in Warminster Author: Gunn, H. Mayo

Church Records

Births and baptisms, 1762-1836 Author: Old Meeting House (Warminster, Wiltshire : Presbyterian)

Births and baptisms, 1772-1837 Author: Common Close Chapel (Warminster, Wiltshire : Independent)

Births and baptisms, 1796-1837 Author: George Street Chapel (Warminster, Wiltshire : Wesleyan)

Bishop’s transcripts for St. Denys Church, Warminster, 1608-1880 Author: Church of England. St. Denys Church (Warminster, Wiltshire)

Bishop’s transcripts for Christ Church, 1834-1880 Author: Church of England. Christ Church (Warminster, Wiltshire)

Bishop’s transcripts for St. John’s Church, Warminster, 1843-1880 Author: Church of England. St. John’s Church (Warminster, Wiltshire)

Burials, 1812-1837 Author: Ebenezer Chapel (North Row, Warminster, Wiltshire : Baptist)

Church records, 1772-1890 Author: United Reformed Church (Warminster, Wiltshire)

Church records, 1792-1867 Author: Common Close Congregational Church (Warminster, Wiltshire)

Church records, 1838-1894 Author: Warminster Circuit (Wiltshire : Wesleyan Methodist)

Church records, 1895-1906 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church (Warminster, Wiltshire); Wesleyan Methodist Church (Westbury, Wiltshire)

England, Gloucestershire, Downend, Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, Church records, 1824-1894 Author: Downend Circuit (Gloucestershire : Wesleyan Methodist); Bristol Record Office (Gloucestershire)

England, Somerset, Shepton Mallet, Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, Church records, 1838-1907 Author: Wesleyan Church. Shepton Mallet Circuit (Gloucestershire); Bristol Record Office (Gloucestershire)

Nonconformists of Warminster and its neighbors, 1720-1852 : a brief representation of the dissenting church in Warminster by 44 persons in the congregation, 26 June, 1719 Author: Gunn, H. Mayo

Parish register transcripts, 1556-1837 Author: Church of England. St. Denys Church (Warminster, Wiltshire); Hall, Janet

Parish registers for Christ Church, Warminster, 1831-1923 Author: Church of England. Christ Church (Warminster, Wiltshire)

Parish registers for St. Denys’ Church, Warminster, 1556-1965 Author: Church of England. St. Denys Church (Warminster, Wiltshire)

Parish registers for St. John’s Church, Warminster, 1896-1925 Author: Church of England. St. John’s Church (Warminster, Wiltshire)

Parish registers for St. Lawrence’s Church, Warminster, 1821-1858 Author: Church of England. St. Lawrence’s Church (Warminster)

Record of members : 1848-1870 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Calne Branch (Wiltshire); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Chalford Branch (Gloucestershire); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Warminster Branch (Wiltshire)

Record of members, 1849-1859 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Warminster Branch (Wiltshire)

Parish register printouts of Warminster, Wiltshire, England (Independent, Common Close Chapel) ; christenings, 1772-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Warminster, Wiltshire, England (Presbyterian, the Old Meeting House) ; christenings, 1762-1836 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Warminster, Wiltshire, England (Wesleyan, George Street Chapel) ; christenings, 1796-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Warminster, Wiltshire, England, (Christ Church), christenings, 1831-1875 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

History

Yesterday’s Warminster : an album of memories and curiosities Author: Howell, Danny

Court Records

Court records for the manor of Warminster, 1748-1795 Author: Manor of Warminster. Court (Wiltshire)

Occupations

Warminster poor law union, H15/203/1, pauper apprentices, 1836-1842 Author: Cole, Jean A.

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Boarded-out children from poor law unions : from the Parliamentry Commission, return of 1869, Warminster [part 1] Author: Cole, Jean

Boarded-out children from poor law unions : from the Parliamentry Commission, return of 1869, Warminster [part 2] Author: Cole, Jean

Schools

The Lord Weymouth School register, 1707-1895 Author: Warminster School

Taxation

Land tax assessments in Warminster, Wiltshire 1773-1831 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • 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