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Allcannings, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Allcannings, a tithing and a parish in Wilts. The tithing lies on the Avon Canal, 2 miles S of Wans Dyke, and 4 from Woodborough station on the G.W.R. There is a post and money order office under Devizes; telegraph office, Woodborough railway station. Acreage, 3354; population of the civil parish, 509; of the ecclesiastical, with Etchilhampton, 788. The manor house is a building of the 14th century, and is now used as a farmhouse. The living is a rectory, and was formerly a prebend, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £800. Patron, Lord Ashburton. The church was partly built in the 17th century. The chancel was beautifully restored in 1889. St Ann's Hill (now called Tan Hill) fair for cattle and sheep is held on 6 August.

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 parishAllcannings St. Anne 
Poor Law unionDevizes 

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


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The parish church of All Saints is an ancient cruciform building of grey stone, chiefly in the Early English style, but containing two piers of Norman date, and consisting of chancel, transepts, nave of three bays, aisles, north and south porches and a central tower, with a plain parapet and turret, and containing a clock and 5 bells: the chancel, restored in the Early English style, as a memorial to the Rev. T.A. Methuen, under the superintendence of Mr. Thomas Henry Wyatt, architect, has a wooden roof, supported by shafts of Devonshire marble, and a reredos of carved alabaster, in the centre of which, under a triangular-headed canopy, is a finely executed representation of the Lord's Supper; in the chancel are two sedilia, and in the south transept an ancient piscina: the stone font has an elaborately carved pyramidical oak cover: the east window and five others are all memorials, including one placed in 1879 to the Hitchcock family, and there are several mural monuments to the Ernle family: the church has about 350 sittings, most of which are unappropriated.

The register dates from the year 1570.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtSN10
Post TownDevizes