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Foxley, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Foxley, a parish in Wiltshire, on Akeman Street, near the boundary with Gloucester, 3 miles WSW of Malmesbury, and 8 N by W of Chippenham station on the G.W.R. Post town, Malmesbury, under Chippenham. Acreage, 1135; population, 96. The manor belonged to the Berkeleys, passed to the Ayliffes and the Foxes, and gave the title of Baron Foxley to Lord Holland. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net yearly value, £147 with residence. The church is ancient, and contains some old monuments.

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 
Poor Law unionMalmesbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1715.

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



Church of England

dedication unknown (parish church)

The church (dedication not known) is a building of stone consisting of chancel, nave with north chapel, south porch, and a western tower containing one bell: two stained windows have been placed in the chancel to the Rev. William Carter, many years curate of the parish, and to members of his family, and there is another, presented in 1903 by O. R. Luce esq. in memory of his son, who died in South Africa, and there is a memorial to the Ayliffe family; the church was restored in 1903, at a cost of about £300, and affords 100 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 Foxley from the following:


Online maps of Foxley 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 districtSN16
Post TownMalmesbury