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Tisbury, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Tisbury, a small town and a parish in Wiltshire. The town stands on a declivity adjacent to the river Nadder, with a station on the L. & S.W.R., 96 miles from London, and 14 W of Salisbury. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Salisbury. It derived some importance in old times from the neighbourhood of Wardour Castle, numbers among its natives Sir John Davies, who died in 1626, and Chief Justice Hyde, who died in 1631. A public hall was erected in 1887, and in 1889 a new police station and petty sessions hall was built. The church of St John the Baptist is a fine old building of stone in the form of a cross, and has been well restored. There are Wesleyan, Congregational, and Methodist chapels. In 1834 the ecclesiastical parish was divided for poor-law purposes into East Tisbury,. including Chicksgrove (2718 acres, population 869); West Tisbury, including East and West Hatch (2803 acres, population 712); and Wardour (2015 acres, population 861); population of the ecclesiastical parish, 2442. There are parish councils for East Tisbury with eleven members, West Tisbury with nine members, and Wardour with eleven members. Lord Arundel is lord of the manor. Place Farm is the old manor house, dating from the 14th century, was an occasional residence of the Abbess of Shaftesbury, and still retains its gateway and its barn. The livings are a conjoint vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £300 with residence. The church is at Wardour. There are excellent quarries in the neighbourhood. The workhouse is situated in West Tisbury.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishTisbury St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionTisbury 

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

Church Records

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1562-1880 1599-18271608-1880

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP3
Post TownSalisbury