Keevil, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Keevil, a parish in Wiltshire, on an affluent of the river Avon, and near the Kennet and Avon Canal, 4 ½ miles E of Trowbridge station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Trowbridge; money order office, Steeple Ashton; telegraph office, West Ashton. Acreage, 2059; population, 384. It. includes the tithing of Bulkington. The manor, with Keevil House, belongs to the Beach family. The living is a vicarage-in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value,, £250. Patrons, the-Dean and Chapter of Winchester. The church contains several monuments and memorials, and has an embattled tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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


Ancient County Wiltshire
Hundred Melksham
Poor Law union Westbury and Whorwelsdown

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1559.


Church of England

St. Leonard (parish church)

The church of St. Leonard is a plain building of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, north porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells: in 1908 figures were placed in the panels of the reredos in memory of the Rev. W. H. Chamberlaine M.A. a former vicar, d. 1902: the stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. George Thomas Chamberlaine, d. 1858, and his wife: a new organ was erected in 1909 at a cost of £200, and at the same date the side chapel in the south transept was restored in memory of the Rev. Charles Y. Mitchinson, vicar, 1904-8: the church was reseated in 1910 at a cost of £250, and in 1911 a rood oak screen was erected in memory of Col. Sir John William Wallington K.C.B., J.P. (d. 1910): there are monuments to John J. Harris, citizen and alderman of London, dated 1657; the Blagden family, 1730; Jane Talbot, 1768; William Gaisford, 1754; and William Beach, 1741; and brasses to Jane Flower, dated 1662; Stephen Cox, 1761; John Halkens, 1689; Roger Jorden, 1669; Roger Blagden, 1687; and Eliza Gaisford, 1720; there are memorial windows to W. W. B. Bench esq. M.P. d. 1901; Lady Wallington, d. 1905, and J. A. Wallington: there are 250 sittings.


Wesleyan Chapel

The Wesleyan chapel, built about 1844, will hold 200; a Sunday school was added in 1901.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Keevil (St. Leonard) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Online maps of Keevil are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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National Library of Scotland. (Old maps) (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy). (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online: