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South Wraxall, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Wraxall, South, a parish consisting of Lower Wraxall and Upper Wraxall hamlets, Wiltshire, 3 miles N of Bradford station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Bradford-on-Avon; money order and telegraph office, Bradford-on-Avon. Population, 337. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Wraxall Manor House, dating from the 13th century, is a good specimen of a mediaeval mansion, containing some fine oak carving, and is supposed to be the first house in England in which tobacco was used, tradition asserting that Sir Walter Long and Sir Walter Raleigh used to smoke here out of silver pipes. The living is a vicarage, with Atworth, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £200 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is an ancient and interesting building in the Early Perpendicular style, has been restored, and contains some monuments to the Long family.

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.

Church Records

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1577-1880 1848-18681842-1880

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA15
Post TownBradford-On-Avon