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

Other places in the parish include: Coxstalls.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1591
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

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.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog


Census returns for Wooton-Bassett, 1841-1891

Church Records

Births and baptisms, 1826-1836 Author: Independent Church. Hephzibah Chapel (Wooton-Bassett)

Bishop’s transcripts for Wootton-Bassett, 1607-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wootton-Bassett (Wiltshire)

Parish register transcripts, 1799-1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wootton-Bassett (Wiltshire)

Parish registers for Wootton-Bassett, 1584-1938 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Wootton-Bassett (Wiltshire)

Baptisms from parish records and bishop’s transcripts Author: Wiltshire Family History Society

Parish register printouts of Wootton-Bassett, Wiltshire, England (Independent, Hepzibah Chapel) ; christenings, 1826-1835 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Church History

A brief history of the parish church of St. Bartholomew and All Saints, Wootton Bassett, in the county of Wilts., and Diocese of Salisbury Author: Horn, A. R. J.


Register of burials in the burial ground of Wootton-Bassett, 1871-1938

Civil Registration

Burial certificates, 1839-1853 Author: Wootton-Bassett (Wiltshire)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers account book, 1806-1829, Wootton-Bassett, Wiltshire Author: Wootton-Bassett (Wiltshire)

The workhouses of Purton and the Cricklade and Wooton Bassett Union Author: Robbins, Alec


Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, hiring fair records : records of servants & masters Author: Church, Rosemary


Land tax assessments in Wootton-Bassett, Wiltshire 1780-1831 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)

Voting Registers

Poll books for Wiltshire parliamentary elections, 1772-1837 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)


The history of Wootton Bassett : a very ancient mayor towne Author: Gingell, P. J.


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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

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