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Bratton, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Bratton, an ecclesiastical district in Wilts, 3 miles ENE of Westbury station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Westbury. Population, 610. Bratton Castle, on the crown of a hill, is an ancient camp of 23 acres, partly defended by a double rampart, in some parts 36 feet high, and said to have been constructed by the Danes. The White Horse, on the S slope below the camp, is a colossal figure similar to the White Horse of Berks, probably ancient, and originally of rude design, but remodelled in 1778. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £300. Patron, the Vicar of Westbury. The church is a stone building in the Early English style. There are Wesleyan and Baptist chapels. A public hall was built in 1889.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWiltshire 
Civil parishWestbury 
Poor Law unionWestbury and Whorwelsdown 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1542.

Findmypast, in association with the Wiltshire Record Office, have the following parish records online for Bratton:



Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The church of St. James is a cruciform edifice of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, transepts, aisles, and an embattled centre lantern tower containing 6 bells: there are several stained windows: the church was restored, reseated and newly roofed in 1860, at a cost of about £900, and will seat 200 persons. Leading up to the church from the village is a flight of 210 steps.


Baptist Chapel

The Baptist Chapel, founded in 1667, has 300 sittings.


Wesleyan Chapel

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bratton from the following:


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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA13
Post TownWestbury