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Enford, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Enford, a tithing and a parish in Wilts. The tithing lies on the river Avon, in Salisbury Plain, 7 miles SSW of Pewsey station on the G.W.R., and 8¼ W by N of Ludgershall, and has a post office under Pewsey; money order and telegraph office, Upavon. The parish contains also the tithings of Fi-field, Chisenbury, Compton, Combe, Littlecott, Long Street,. and Newtown. Acreage, 8190; population of the civil parish½ 800; of the ecclesiastical, 753. The parish contains many barrows, and is a resort of sportsmen. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £150 with residence. Patron, Christ's Hospital, London. The church, with a narrow nave supported on massive square pillars, dates from 1080, its most interesting feature being an octagonal vestry of unique design. The spire, said to have been second in the country only to that of Salisbury Cathedral, was struck by lightning in 1817, and in its fall destroyed the roof and utterly wrecked the interior, but left the walls intact. The building underwent repair in 1831, aud was restored at a cost of £1600 in 1893. There is a Baptist chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWiltshire 
Ecclesiastical parishEnford All Saints 
HundredElstub and Everley 
Poor Law unionPewsey 

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


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1631.

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

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1605-1880 1623-18371606-1880

Churches

Church of England

All Saints or St. Margaret (parish church)

The church of All Saints or St. Margaret is a structure of flint and quarried stone, in the Early Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles of four bays, south porch and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 6 bells, and an octagonal vestry of the 13th century: the church was repaired 1825-1831; in 1892 it was thoroughly restored at a cost of £1,500; a reredos was painted and presented by Mrs. B. Hussey-Freke, and a brass lectern given by Mrs. Cusse at the same time: there are 350 sittings.

Baptist

Baptist Chapel

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Enford from the following:


Maps

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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online:

CountyWiltshire
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Postal districtSN9
Post TownPewsey