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Porton, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Porton, a chapelry in Idmiston parish, Wiltshire, on the Roman road to Salisbury, and on an affluent of the river Avon, with a station on the L. & S.W.R. 78 miles from London, and 5 NE of Salisbury, and has a post office under Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Winterbourne Gunner. Population of the ecclesiastical district, with Idmiston, 508. The living is annexed to the vicarage of Idmiston. The church was rebuilt in 1877.

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 parishIdmiston 
Poor Law unionAmesbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1813. For earlier records see Idmiston.

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



Church of England

St. Nicholas (parish church)

The church of St. Nicholas, rebuilt on a new site given by I. A. Ingram esq. and consecrated in 1877, is an edifice of flint stone, in the Early English style, from designs given by the late Mr. J. L. Pearson R.A., F.S.A. of London, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a bellcote at the west end containing 2 bells: there is a burial ground attached.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Porton from the following:


Online maps of Porton 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 districtSP4
Post TownSalisbury