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South Marston, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Marston, South, a chapelry in Highworth parish, Wiltshire, adjacent to the G.W.R. and to the river Cole at the boundary with Berks, 1½ miles W of Shrivenham station on the G.W.R., and S½ S by W of Highworth. Post town, Swindon; money order and telegraph office, Stratton St Margaret. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; value, £170. Patron, the Vicar of Highworth. The church is ancient. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishHighworth 
Poor Law unionHighworth and Swindon 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1539.

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

1539-1837 1585-18741585-1812


Church of England

St. Mary Magdalene (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Magdalene is an ancient structure, partly in the Early English style, with traces of Norman work, and consists of chancel, nave, south transept, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing a clock and 3 bells: the church was restored under the direction of Mr. Belcher, architect, of London, at a cost of over £2,000, and affords sittings for 200 persons.


St. Mary Magdalene

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for South Marston from the following:


Online maps of South Marston 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 districtSN3
Post TownSwindon