West Lavington, Wiltshire Family History Guide

West Lavington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Littleton Pannet, Littleton Pannell, Littleton Pannel, Littleton Panell, and Fiddington.

Alternative names: Bishops Lavington

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1598
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1622

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Independent/Congregational.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LAVINGTON (WEST), a village and a parish in Devizes district, Wilts. The village stands under the Ridge way, 1 mile SW of Market-Lavington, and 6¼ S by W of Devizes r. station; suffered much from a fire in 1689; is still a considerable place; and has a post office under Devizes. The parish contains also the tything of Littleton-Pannell; and is sometimes called Bishops-Lavington. Acres, 6,283. Real property, £10,461. Pop. in 1851, 1,739; in 1861, 1,589. Houses, 363. The decrease of pop. was caused by the removal of pauper lunatics from an asylum here to the county asylum. The manor belongs to the Bishop of Salisbury, and is held by Lord Churchill. A seat of the Danvers family was here; passed to the Dauntseys and the Montagues; and was sold to the late Duke of Marlborough. A considerable area is disposed in market gardens, for sending produce to Salisbury and Bath. Limestone is quarried and calcined. Tumuli and traces of ancient camps are on the downs. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £350. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is good; has an embattled tower; and contains monuments of the Danverses, and a brass of 1550. There are an endowed school, alms houses for ten persons, and other charities £8.

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.

Garrett Christopher, West Lavington, Wilts, mealman, June 25, 1830.


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Devizes
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Salisbury (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 - None, Post-1846 - Potterne
  • Poor Law Union: Devizes
  • Hundred: Potterne and Cannings
  • Province: Canterbury