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Great Chalfield, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Chalfield, Great, a parish in Wilts, on an affluent of the river Avon, 1½ mile N of Holt Junction railway station, and 3 miles W of Melksham. It has a post office under Trow-bridge; money order and telegraph office, Holt. Population, 63. The manor belonged to the Tropenells, and passed to the Eyres; and the manor-house, built by the former, still stands, is surrounded by a moat, and forms a beautiful specimen of a mansion of the time of Edward IV. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £114.

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 parishChalfield St. Catherine 
Poor Law unionBradford 

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

Church Records

The parish register commences in the year 1545, and has been kept in exact order down to the present time.

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

1545-1837 1607-18481581-1812


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints, a small but ancient edifice of stone in the Early English style, consists of chancel, nave, west porch and a western tower containing one bell: a handsome stone screen separates the chancel from the nave, and the east window is stained: there are 50 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 Great Chalfield from the following:


Online maps of Great Chalfield 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 districtSN12
Post TownMelksham