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Codford St Peter, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Codford St Peter, a parish in Wilts, on the river Wiley, near Codford railway station, 3¼ miles SE of Heytesbury. It includes the township of Ashton-Gifford, and its post town is Codford St Mary, under Bath. Acreage, 1668; population, 260. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £290 with residencce. Patron, Pembroke College, Oxford. The church is a handsome edifice with pointed windows and embattled tower.

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 parishCodford St. Peter 
Poor Law unionWarminster 

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

Church Records

The registers date from the year 1597.

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



Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter, originally consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 5 bells, was restored in 1864, a north aisle added, and the old chancel arch replaced by a Pointed arch of fine proportions, on carved corbels supported by Devonshire marble shafts; at the same period the chancel was rebuilt in the Early English style, three ancient sedilia, which belonged to the old chancel, being replaced: the communion table, which is of oak, was given by Bishop Hamilton, of Salisbury: a lectern of oak and gilt iron work was presented in 1897 in memory of the late Alfred Blake: there is a fine Early Norman font, richly sculptured: and in the chancel is preserved some carved stone work discovered in 1864, and presumed to be of Saxon date: there are several memorial stained windows and brasses, also a hatchment of H.R.H. the late Duke of Albany: the church was decorated in 1891, and in 1898 the foundations of the tower and east end were renewed: in 1906 massive balustraded oak altar rails were fixed at a cost of £55, as a memorial to the late Miss Charlotte Anderson: in 1907 the baptistery was panelled and seated in oak at a cost of £ 45: the window in the north aisle is in memory of Mrs. Sarah Wrightwick; the oak screen was given by Capt. Houston: the church will seat about 225 persons: the churchyard was enlarged in 1889.

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Codford St Peter 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 districtBA12
Post TownWarminster