Wootton Bassett is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Wiltshire.
Other places in the parish include: Coxstalls.
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1591
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607
Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
WOOTTON-BASSETT, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Cricklade district, Wilts. The town stands near the Great Western railway and the Wilts and Berks canal, 5¾ miles W by S of Swindon; was known, at Domesday, as Wodeton; belonged anciently to the Bassets; passed to the Despencers, Edmund de Langley son of Edward III. and others; sent two members to parliament from the time of Henry VI. till disfranchised by the reform act of 1832; is governed, under charters of Henry VI. and Charles II., by a mayor, 2 aldermen, and 12 burgesses; had anciently an hospital which, in the time of Henry IV., was given to Bradenstoke priory; possessed once a famous broadcloth manufacture, which is now extinct; consists chiefly of one street, about ½ a mile long, and recently much improved; and has a post-office under Swindon, a r. station with telegraph, two banking offices, a good inn, a town hall, a market house, a good ancient church, three dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £25 a year, charities £44, a weekly market on Tuesday, a cattle market on the second Tuesday of every month, and two annual fairs. The parish comprises 4,778 acres. Real property, £10,489. Pop., 2,191. Houses, 461. The manor belongs to the Earl of Clarendon. The manor-house was once a royal residence, and is now a farmhouse. There is a chalybeate spring. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £461. Patron, the Earl of Clarendon. The sub-district contains 6 parishes. Acres, 20,229. Pop., 5,675. Houses, 1,214.
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.
Large Jos., Wootton Bassett, & Maiden Bradley, Wilts, banker, June 1, 1822.
Wiltshire John, Wootton Bassett, Wilts, saddler &. harness maker, Dec. 7, 1822.
Wiltshire, Joseph, Wootton Bassett, Wilts, draper and tailor, Dec. 7, 1822.
Poorhouses & Poor Law
- County: Wiltshire
- Civil Registration District: Cricklade
- Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire
- Diocese: Salisbury
- Rural Deanery: Avebury
- Poor Law Union: Cricklade and Wootton Bassett
- Hundred: Kingsbridge
- Province: Canterbury