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Charlton (Devizes), Wiltshire

Historical Description

Charlton, a parish in Wiltshire, on the river Avon, near Salisbury Plain, 3½ miles S of Woodborough railway station, and 7¼ SE by E of Devizes. Post town, Pewsey. Acreage, 1734; population, 141. An alien priory was founded here in 1187 by Reginald de Raveley, given at the suppression of alien monasteries to St Catherine's Hospital, and transferred in the time of Edward VI. to the Sheringtons. A Roman camp is at Casterley. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £140 with residence. Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church is old but excellent, with a tower, and has a mural brass of 1524. Stephen Duck, the author of the " Thrasher's Labour," was a native.

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 parishCharlton St. Peter 
Poor Law unionPewsey 

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

Church Records

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

The register dates from the year 1695.


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter is a building of stone and flint in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and a tower containing 3 bells: in the north chapel there is a good mural brass to William Chancey, ob. 1424, and two good screens: the church was restored in 1858, and affords 160 sittings.


Wesleyan Mission Hall

The Wesleyan Mission hall of iron, built in 1893, will seat 50.

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 Charlton (Devizes) from the following:


Online maps of Charlton (Devizes) 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: