Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire


Bishops-Cannings, a village and a parish in Wilts. The village stands on the Kent and Avon Canal, 1 1/2 mile S of Wans Dyke, and 3 miles NE of Devizes station on the G.W.R., and has a post office under Devizes, which is the money order and telegraph office. The parish includes the tithings of Bourton, Easton, and Coate. Acreage, 8873; population, 894. The principal estate belonged to the see of Salisbury from time immemorial, together with the lordship of the whole manor. It has now passed through the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to the Commissioners of Woods. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £211. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church is Early English, with Anglo-Norman interior, is supposed to have been built about the same time as Salisbury Cathedral, was entirely restored in 1883-84, and contains an organ which cost £440, the gift of William Baley, a native who went round the world with Captain Cook. The Devizes Waterworks, situated in this parish, were erected in 1879.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


Details of the places of worship in Bishops Cannings, and their records, can be found on the following pages:

Civil Registration

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Old maps of Bishops Cannings are available on the site, and a current map is available on the site.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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