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Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Broughton-Gifford, a parish in Wilts, on the river Avon, near the Kennet and Avon Canal, 1½ mile SW of Melksham station on the G.W.R., and 4 miles ENE of Bradford. It has a post office under Melksham; money order and telegraph office, Holt. Acreage, 1629; population, 667. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £350 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is of the time of Henry VII., was restored in 1878, and has a brass of 1620. There are Wesleyan and Baptist chapels. Roman coins have been found in the neighbourhood. In this parish Monkton farm was once a small monastery, Little Broughton, which was given by Henry VIII. to the Duke of Somerset, who was subsequently beheaded.

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 parishBroughton-Gifford St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBradford 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1665.

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



Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an ancient building of stone in the Perpendicular style, with traces of earlier work, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch, and an embattled western tower, with turret and containing 2 bells: there is a curious old brass to Robert Long: the church was thoroughly repaired and restored by subscription in 1878 at a cost of £2,000 and has 250 sittings.


Particular Baptist Chapel


Wesleyan Chapel

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 Broughton Gifford from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online:

RegionSouth West
Postal districtSN12
Post TownMelksham