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Limpley Stoke, Wiltshire

Historical Description

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.

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

Administration

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 
HundredBradford 
Poor Law unionBradford 

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


Church Records

The register dates from the year 1707.

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

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1611-1880 1611-18371611-1880

Churches

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:


Newspapers and Periodicals

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

CountyWiltshire
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Postal districtBA2
Post TownBath