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Chilmark, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Chilmark, a village and a parish in Wilts. The village stands near the Roman road to Bath, 2½ miles WNW of. Dinton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 E of Hindon, and has a post office under Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Tisbury. The parish includes also the tithing of Ridge. Acreage, 3210; population, 490. Part of the surface is down. A Portland bed freestone, which furnished the material for Salisbury cathedral, is extensively quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £328. The church is excellent, and was restored in 1877. John de Chilmark, the Archimedes of the time of Richard II., 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 parishChilmark St. Margaret 
Poor Law unionTisbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1653.

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

1611-1880 1622-18341622-1880


Church of England

St. Margaret (parish church)

The church of St. Margaret is an ancient structure, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, transepts, north aisle, south porch, and a noble tower springing from the intersection, with a spire and containing a clock and 6 bells, two having been added in 1877: an ancient Norman doorway forms the entrance to the aisle: beneath a pointed arch in the south wall of the chancel and in the transept are piscinae: the east window and several others are stained: the church was restored in 1856, at a cost of £1,700. In the churchyard is a modern lychgate.

St. Margaret, ChilmarkNave of St. Margaret, Chilmark

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 Chilmark from the following:


Online maps of Chilmark 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 districtSP3
Post TownSalisbury