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Boscombe, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Boscombe, a parish in Wilts, 8 miles from Salisbury, and 2 NE of Porton station on the main line of the L. & S.W.R., and 4 miles SE of Amesbury. It has a post office under Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Winterbourne Gunner. Acreage, 1688; population, 113. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £170 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is Early Norman, but is in a most dilapidated condition. There are almshouses with endowed income of £24. Richard Hooker was rector from 1591 till 1595, and wrote here the first four books of his "Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity."

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 parishBoscomb St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionAmesbury 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Boscombe 1696-1812, Wiltshire is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1696.

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



Church of England

St. Andrew (parish church)

The church of St. Andrew is a small and ancient structure of flint and stone, in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, which retains an aumbry, nave and north transept, and a small wooden belfry at the west end containing one bell: the pulpit of carved oak is dated 1633: the font is Norman: there are 100 sittings. Richard Hooker was the rector of this parish, and here he wrote the first four books of his "Ecclesiastical Polity," printed in 1594.

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 Boscombe from the following:


Online maps of Boscombe 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 districtSP4
Post TownSalisbury