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Langley Burrell, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Langley Burrell, a parish, with a village, in Wiltshire, on the river Avon, and 1½ mile from Chippenham station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Chippenham; money order and telegraph office, Chippenham. Acreage, 1882; population of the civil parish, 1445; of the ecclesiastical, 351. A causeway, 4½ miles long with sixty-four arches, extends here and crosses the Avon. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; value, £315 with residence. The church is ancient but good, and has a tower, A chapelry called St Paul's constituted in 1855, comprises a portion of this parish and portions of the parishes of Chippenham, Hardcnhuish, and Kington St Michael. The Parish Councils Act severed the southern part of the old parish, and put it into the district of Chippenham Without.

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 parishLangley-Burrel St. Peter 
Poor Law unionChippenham 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1607.

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



Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter is an edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, with south chantry, nave of three bays, north aisle, south porch with parvise, and an embattled tower on the south side containing 4 bells: the nave and portions of the chancel are Early English, the tower Decorated, and the north aisle and south chantry Perpendicular. The Cobham arms (a chevron with three stars) appear on the ceiling of the nave, and to this family is traditionally ascribed the building, or, more correctly, the repairing of the church: against the west wall of the tower formerly stood a slab bearing male and female heads, now placed under a mural canopy: the church was restored in 1898, under the superintendence of Mr. Harold Brakspear F.S.A. at a cost of £900: there are 246 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Langley Burrell from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Parochial History

By an Order of the Local Government Board, dated September 29th, 1894, Langley Burrell was divided into two parishes, one being called Langley Burrell Within, and included in the municipal borough of Chippenham; the other, known as Langley Burrell Without. Under the Borough of Chippenham (Extension) Order, 1914, that part of Langley Burrell Without (Lowden and Sheldon area), adjacent to Chippenham, was included in the borough.

This place acquired its suffix from the Burrell or Borel family, who held the manor in the 13th century.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtSN15
Post TownChippenham