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Farley, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Farley with Pitton, a parish in Wiltshire, 4 miles from Dean station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5 E of Salisbury. It has a post office under Salisbury; money order office, West Dean; telegraph office, Dean (R.S.) The area of Parley and Pitton is 2221 acres; population, 489. Parley was the birthplace of Sir Stephen Fox, the founder of Chelsea Hospital, and ancestor of the noble families of Ilchester and Holland. He also built and endowed an hospital at Farley. The living is a vicarage, with the chapelry of Pitton annexed, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £276. Patron, the Earl of Ilchester. The church was built by Sir Stephen Fox, and has a tablet to Charles James Fox, and a monument to Henry Thomas, Earl of Ilchester, by the younger Westmacott; it was restored in 1874. The hospital at Parley contains a portrait of Sir Stephen, by Lely. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 
Civil parishAlderbury 
Poor Law unionAlderbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1665.

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

1840-1880 1832-18341842-1880


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints, erected by Sir Stephen Fox, in 1688, to replace "an ancient ruined chapel" on another site is a cruciform structure of brick, in the Jacobean style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch, and a tower containing 2 bells: it has six stained windows and a handsome reredos of Caen stone, marble, alabaster and mosaics, and contains several fine monuments, including one in the nave by the younger Westmacott, and in the north transept those of the founder, Sir Stephen Fox, his two wives and one of his sons, whose remains (with those of many of his descendants belonging to the two noble families of Fox-Strangways, Earls of Ilchester and Fox, barons Holland) lie in the vault beneath; there is also a marble tablet to the Right Hon. Charles James Fox, which records his burial in Westminster Abbey, 10 Oct. 1807: the church was restored in 1874, and has sittings for 161.


Wesleyan Chapel

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 Farley from the following:


Online maps of Farley 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 districtSP5
Post TownSalisbury