Marden, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Marden or Merton, a village and a parish in Wiltshire. The village stands on the river Avon, 2 miles SW of Wood-borough station on the G.W.R., and 6 ESE of Devizes, and has a post office, of the name of Marden, under Devizes; money order and telegraph office, Woodborough. The parish comprises 1286 acres; population, 188. Two remarkable tumuli formerly were in the neighbourhood, 24.0 feet in circuit and 40 high, and are supposed by some writers to mark the scene of Etheldred's defeat by the Danes in 871; but whether they were sepulchral barrows or the earthwork of an ancient British temple is an open question. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £120. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is ancient, has two Norman arches and an embattled tower, and is finely ornate both without and within; the tower was rebuilt in 1885 and the nave restored in 1894. There is a Baptist chapel.

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Marden 1693-1812, Wiltshire is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1695.


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints is a building of stone and brick, in the Norman and Perpendicular styles consisting of chancel and nave, south porch, and an embattled western tower with turret and pinnacles, and containing 5 bells: the south doorway and chancel arch are fine examples of Norman work, and are ornamented with the beaded chevron and other mouldings: the 15th century tower, which had been lowered seven feet in 1617, was rebuilt in 1885 at a cost of nearly £700, and restored to its original proportions: the church was thoroughly restored in 1894-5.


Baptist Chapel

No information available


Old maps of Marden 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: