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Berwick St John, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Berwick-St-John, a parish in Wilts, at the source of the Ebell river, under White Sheet Hills, near Cranborne Chase, 6 miles S of Tisbury station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5½ E by S of Shaftesbury. Acreage, 4569; population of civil parish, 428; of ecclesiastical, 387. It has a post office under Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Donhead St Andrew. Wilklebury Camp, or Vespasian's Camp, on a lofty ridge in the SW, is an entrenchment of 12½ acres, engirt by a single ditch and by a rampart 39 feet high, and commands a very extensive view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £384 with residence. Patron, New College, Oxford, The church is a cruciform structure of the time of Henry VII., has a low, square, central, ornamented tower; was restored in 1861-62, and contains two ancient effigies of crusaders, and monuments of the Grove family and others. There are Wesleyan and Baptist chapels.

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 parishBerwick St. John 
Poor Law unionTisbury 

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Church Records

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Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The parish church of St John the Baptist is an Early English cruciform edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave and transepts, and a finely ornamented low square central tower, terminating in battlements, of the date of Henry VII. and containing 6 bells and clock:there are monuments to the Grove and other families of distinction, and effigies, clad in mail, within mural arches, of Sir John Husey and Sir Robert Lucie: a stone coffin was found during the restoration of the church in 1861: the stained east window is a memorial to the family of Rev. C. A. Griffith M.A. rector 1842-80, to whom there is also a memorial window in the chancel, besides one to the Rev. Arthur Kemble M.A. rector 1880-90 and others to the Foot, Grove and Gilbert families: the curfew is tolled every evening, from September 10th to March 10th, a bequest for this purpose having been left by the Rev. John Gane in his will bearing date July 29th 1731: there are 270 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP7
Post TownShaftesbury