Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire
Coombe-Bissett, a parish in Wiltshire, on an affluent of the river Avon, 3 miles from Salisbury station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Salisbury; money order office, East Harnham; telegraph office, Salisbury. Acreage, 2397; population, 327. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Homington, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £300. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is very good.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Coombe Bissett St. Michael|
|Hundred||Cawden and Cadworth|
|Poor Law union||Alderbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish registers, which are imperfect, date from the year 1636.
Church of England
St. Michael and All Angels (parish church)
The church of St. Michael and All Angels is a cruciform building of stone and flint, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, transepts, south porch and an embattled tower on the south side, containing a clock and 6 bells. The church exhibits specimens of every style of architecture, from the Transition Norman nave arcade, to the Perpendicular work in the aisle, windows and transepts: the rood-screen, removed in 1845, has been replaced, the old work being as far as possible preserved: the stained east window is a memorial to the late Canon T. L. Kingsbury M.A. vicar of this parish 1885-92: the church was restored in 1845, and affords 250 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Coombe Bissett from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Coombe, Bissett (St. Michael))
Online maps of Coombe Bissett 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: