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Holt, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Holt, a chapelry in Bradford-on-Avon parish, Wiltshire, on the river Avon, near the Kennet and Avon Canal, and a junction station on the G.W.R., 103 miles from London. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Trow-bridge. Population, 907. It was constituted in 1846. The wool and leather trade, and the manufacture of fine woollen cloth, are carried on. A mineral spring, discovered in 1718, is noted for removing cutaneous diseases. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £264. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is ancient, has a tower, and was restored in 1889. There are a Congregational chapel, a reading-room, and a coffee tavern.

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 parishBradford on Avon 
Poor Law unionBradford 

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


A cemetery of half an acre was formed in 1893, at a cost of £200, and a portion was consecrated July 13th, 1894, by the Bishop of Salisbury.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1575.

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



Church of England

St. Katharine (parish church)

The church of St. Katharine is an edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch, and an embattled western saddle-back tower containing 6 bells: the Norman font dates from the 12th century: the east and west windows and two in the south aisle are stained: the porch was erected by Miss Chapman, as a memorial to Robert Chapman esq.: the church was partly rebuilt in 1891, at a cost of £2,300, under the direction of Mr. C. E. Ponting, of Marlborough, and affords 314 sittings.


Congregational Chapel

The Congregational chapel, built in 1880, at a cost of £2,200, seats 360.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Holt from the following:


Online maps of Holt 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 districtBA14
Post TownTrowbridge