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Draycot Cerne, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Draycot-Cerne, a parish in Wilts, near the river Avon, and 3½ miles NNE of Chippenham station on the G.W.K. Post town, Chippenham; money order and telegraph office, Sutton Bengcr. Acreage, 1015; population, 147. All the property, with Draycot-Cerne House, belonged formerly to the Cernes and the Longs, and belongs now to Earl Cowley. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; value, £238 with residence. Patron, Earl Cowley. The church is ancient, has a tower, contains a brass to Sir Edward Cerne of 1380, and monuments of the Longs, and is very good.

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 parishDraycot-Cerne St. Peter 
Poor Law unionChippenham 

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


The cemetery of about a quarter of an acre, was formed by the 2nd Earl Cowley, and has one mortuary chapel.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1690.

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



Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The church of St. James is an ancient edifice of stone, chiefly in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch, and a Perpendicular western tower, containing one large bell and a clock with chimes, presented by the 2nd Marquess of Salisbury (d. 1868): the chancel is conjectured to have been the original church, and retains the tomb of the supposed founder: there is a fine brass to Sir Edward Cerne and memorials to the Long family: the font is Decorated, and there are some good stained windows: the church affords about 110 sittings.

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 Draycot Cerne from the following:


Online maps of Draycot Cerne 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 districtSN15
Post TownChippenham