Keevil, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Keevil, a parish in Wiltshire, on an affluent of the river Avon, and near the Kennet and Avon Canal, 4 1/2 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

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.


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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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