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Alton Barnes, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Alton-Barnes or Alton-Berners, a parish in Wilts, on the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Wans Dyke, 7 miles E of Devizes station on the G.W.R. Post town, Oare under Marlborough; money order and telegraph office, Woodborough. Acreage, 608; population of the civil parish, 143; of the ecclesiastical, 147. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £235. Patron, New College, Oxford. The church is good.

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 parishAlton Barnes or Berners St. Mary 
Poor Law unionDevizes 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Alton Barnes 1597-1812, Wiltshire is available to browse online.

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

1592-1880 1597-18491609-1880


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary is a small but ancient edifice of stone and plaster, consisting of chancel and nave only: there are 2 bells: the east window is stained, and there is a brass and several mural tablets to former rectors: there are 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Alton Barnes from the following:


Online maps of Alton Barnes 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 districtSN8
Post TownMarlborough