Limpley Stoke, Wiltshire
Limpley Stoke, a village and a chapelry in Wilts, with a station on the G.W.R., 101 miles from London. The village stands near the river Avon, the Kennetand Avon Canal, and the boundary with Somerset, 3½ miles W of Bradford. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bath; presents a romantic appearance as seen from the ascent toward Freshford; commands a curious view of the river, the canal, and the railway, winding side by side at different elevations down the valley; is environed by hanging woods and orchards, and by a wild declivity with picturesque features. There is a hydropathic establishment and a girls' reformatory. The chapelry was reconstituted in 1846, and is conjoined with Winsley. The living is a vicarage, conjointly with Winsley, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £284. Patrons, Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is small.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Civil parish||Bradford on Avon|
|Poor Law union||Bradford|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1707.
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Church of England
St. Mary the Virgin (parish church)
The small church of St. Mary the Virgin, a building of Norman foundation, is of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch, and a western tower with conical spire containing one bell, dated 1596: over the chancel arch is a turret, which until 1787 had 2 bells: the Norman south door still exists: there is an ancient Perpendicular stone pulpit, partially formed by an arched recess in the wall, and restored about 1898: the church will seat 120 persons: in the churchyard are thirteen Anglo-Norman tombs, ranging from the 12th to the 13th century.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Limpley Stoke from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Stoke, Limpley)
Online maps of Limpley Stoke 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
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