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Fovant, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Fovant or Foffant, a parish in Wilts, on the river Avon, 2 miles SW by W of Dinton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 7 WSW of Wilton. It has a post office of the name of Fovant, under Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Dinton. Acreage, 2203; population, 506. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £370 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Pembroke. The church is ancient, has a fine tower, and a curious brass of 1492. There are a Congregational chapel and church hall.

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 parishFovant St. George 
HundredCawden and Cadworth 
Poor Law unionWilton 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1541.

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

1541-1880 1608-18371608-1880


Church of England

St. George (parish church)

The church of St. George is an ancient building of stone, consisting of chancel, with aisle, nave of four bays, aisles, and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells: the east window is a memorial to Lord Herbert of Lea, and there are three other stained windows: the church was restored in 1863, and will seat about 300 persons.


Congregational 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 Fovant from the following:


Online maps of Fovant 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 districtSP3
Post TownSalisbury