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West Cholderton, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Cholderton, West, a parish in Wilts, on the verge of the county, 2½ miles W by N of Grateley station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5 ENE of Amesbury. It has a post and telegraph office, of the name of Cholderton, under Salisbury; money order office, Amesbury. Acreage, 1695; population, 175. The manor belonged formerly to the Foyles, and then to the Nelson family. In 1889 it was purchased by H. C. Stephens, M.P. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £283 with residence. Patron, Oriel College, Oxford. Among former rectors may be mentioned Thomas Mozley, author of " Reminiscences of Oriel College," &c.; J. Eraser, bishop of Manchester; and W. Stubbs, the present bishop of Oxford. The church was built in 1844, and as in the Perpendicular style, with an octagonal tower and a spire.

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 parishWest Cholderton St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionAmesbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1652.


Church of England

St. Nicholas (parish church)

The church of St. Nicholas, erected and consecrated in 1850, in place of a former edifice, is a structure of flint and stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of nave only, with a turret at the north-west angle containing one bell: the seats are of oak, beautifully carved with birds, fruit and flowers, and all the windows are stained: the font of the old church stands in the churchyard: there are 122 sittings.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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