UK Genealogy Archives logo
DISCLOSURE: This page may contain affiliate links, meaning when you click the links and make a purchase, we may receive a commission.

Everleigh, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Everley or Everleigh, a village and a parish in Wilts. The village stands on Salisbury Plain, 4½ miles WNW of Ludgershall, and 3 from Collingbourne station on the Midland and South-Western Junction railways. It has a good inn, and was once a market-town. The parish comprises 3286 acres; population, 344. Post town, Collingbourne, Ducis. The manor was held by the Saxon kings, is said to have had a palace of King Ina, passed to the Plantagenets, was given by Elizabeth to Sir Ralph Sadlier, and went to successively the Evelyns, the Barkers, and the Astleyh. Everley House was probably built by Sir Ralph Sadlier, is now the seat of Sir J. D. Astley, Bart., and contains some curious old pictures. A pool, adjacent to the village, beais the name of King's Pond, supposed to have been given to it in commemoration of King Ina. Several eminences within the parish have ancient barrows, and remains of ancient British villages and camps. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £393 with residence. Patron, Sir J. D. Astley. The church is modern and beautiful, on the model of a previous ancient one, and has a tower and a peal of six bells.

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 parishEverley St. Peter 
HundredElstub and Everley 
Poor Law unionPewsey 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1598.

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



Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter, erected in 1813, with a rectory house, at a cost of £14,000, is an edifice of Bath stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 6 bells: there are monuments to the founder, Francis Dugdale Astley esq. and the late Sir John Dugdale and Lady Astley, Sir Francis Dugdale Astley, 2nd bart. and his wife: the east window was filled with stained glass, in 1873, by the late Sir John Dugdale Astley, in memory of his parents, Sir Francis D. and Lady Astley: the font of the original church, a work of the Transition period, remains: there are 200 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Everleigh from the following:


Online maps of Everleigh 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 districtSN8
Post TownMarlborough