Easton Royal, Wiltshire
Easton Royal, a parish in Wilts, 2 miles from the Kennet and Avon Canal, 3½ miles E of Pewsey station on the G.W.R., and 6½ S by E of Marlborough. Post town, Pewsey; money order and telegraph office, Burbage. Acreage, 2224; population, 332. A priory or hospital for Trinitarian canons was founded here by Archdeacon Stephen in the time of Henry III., and was given at the dissolution to the Seymours. The living is a donative in the diocese of Salisbury. Patron, the Marquis of Aylesbury. The church was built in 1591 by Sir Edward Hartford, son of the Protector Somerset, and was restored in 1884. There is a Wesleyan chapel and two charities.
The parish register dates from the year 1580.
Findmypast, in association with the Wiltshire Record Office, have the following parish records online for Easton Royal:
Church of England
Holy Trinity (parish church)
The church of the Holy Trinity, erected by Sir Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, in the year 1591, is a building of flint and stone in a debased Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave, north porch and a tower containing 3 bells: there are six stained windows: the stained east window and a white marble tablet were erected to David Herbert Llewellyn, youngest son of a late vicar, who was surgeon of the Confederate war steamer Alabama, and after her engagement with the Federal steamer Kearsage off Cherbourg, refusing to imperil the escape of the wounded, went down with the ship on the 19th June, 1864, in the 26th year of his age: the church was restored and reseated in 1855, and repaired in 1879, and in 1884 was altered and decorated at the expense of Ernest, 4th Marquess of Ailesbury: there are 285 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Online maps of Easton Royal are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (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: