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Alton Priors, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Alton-Priors, a township and chapelry in Overton parish, Wilts, on the Kennet and Avon Canal, contiguous to Alton-Barnes, 7 miles E of Devizes. It includes the tithing of Stowell, and its post town is Pewsey; money order and telegraph office, Woodborough railway station, 2 miles distant. Acreage, 1909; population, 178. The manor belonged anciently to Winchester monastery. The living is a curacy, annexed to Overton vicarage, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church has a curious brass of 1528.

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 parishOverton 
HundredElstub and Everley 
Poor Law unionPewsey 

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

Church Records

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

1604-1880 1604-18451619-1880


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The parish church of All Saints is an ancient building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of chancel and nave, and an embattled western tower containing 3 bells: the east window is stained: in the chancel is a marble tomb, with brass dated 1590, to William Button, and ancestor of Sir Henry Bruce Meux bart. and in the floor of the nave is a brass representing a nun, dated 1528, to Agnes Button: there are 120 sittings.

The register dates from the year 1664.

Directories & Gazetteers

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


Online maps of Alton Priors 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