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Hardenhuish, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Hardenhuish or Harnish, a parish in Wiltshire, 1 mile NW of Chippenham station on the G.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Chippenham. Acreage, 484; population of the civil parish, 99; of the ecclesiastical, 91. Hardenhuish Park is the seat of the Clutterbuck family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £80 with residence. The church is good; and the churchyard contains the tomb of Thorpe, the antiquary, and a marble monument to Ricardo, the political economist, Anstey, the author of the " New Bath Guide," died here.

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 parishHardenhuish St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionChippenham 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1730.

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



Church of England

St. Nicholas (parish church)

The church of St. Nicholas, erected in 1779, is a building of stone, in the Romanesque style, from designs by Mr. Wood, architect, of Bath, and consists of nave and apse: there are monuments to David Ricardo M.P. the well known political economist, who died at Gatcomb Park, Gloucester, 11th Sept. 1823, and to other members of the Ricardo and Clutterbuck families: John Thorpe M.A. the antiquary, who died at Chippenham, and August, 1792, is buried here: there are 110 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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