Brinkworth, a village and a parish in Wilts. The village stands on a head-stream of the Avon, 3½ miles WNW of Wootton-Basset station on the G.W.R., and 5½ ESE of Malmesbury, and it has a post and money order office under Chippenham; telegraph office, Wootton-Bassett. The parish includes also the tithing of Grittenham. Acreage, 6059; population of the civil parish, 1185; of the ecclesiastical, 1176. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £900. Patron, Pembroke College, Oxford. The church is Early English, with a square tower, and there are Congregational and Methodist chapels, and a chapel of ease, built in 1889. Crisp the Antinomian was rector.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Brinkworth St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Malmesbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The churchyard was closed as a burial ground by Order in Council in October, 1887, and a cemetery, 2 acres in extent, formed close by, the cost of which, £350, was defrayed by the sale of parish property.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Brinkworth 1653-1812, Wiltshire is available to browse online.
The parish register dates from the year 1653.
Findmypast, in association with the Wiltshire Record Office, have the following parish records online for Brinkworth:
Church of England
St. Michael and All Angels (parish church)
The church of St. Michael and All Angels is an ancient building of stone in the Early Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 5 bells: there are two hagioscopes and an ancient communion table: the chancel was restored in 1889 at a cost of £700, and again in 1902-3, at a further cost of £2,800: the church affords 280 sittings.
The Congregational chapel, founded in 1742, has 120 sittings.
Primitive Methodist Chapel
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Brinkworth from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Brinkworth (St. Michael))
Online maps of Brinkworth are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online: