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Laverstock, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Laverstock, a village and a parish in Wilts. The village stands on the Bourn river, 1½ mile NE of Salisbury station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Salisbury. Its name signifies " the village of the lark." The parish includes part of Ford tithing, and comprises 1620 acres; population of the civil parish, 420; of the ecclesiastical, 465. The manor belonged once to the Good Duke Humphrey, and belongs now to the Wyndham family. Laverstock House was formerly the seat of the Wyndham family, but is now a private lunatic asylum, with accommodation for upwards of seventy patients. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury, and is annexed to the commonalty of the Vicars Choral of Salisbury. The church is modern, was built at a cost of £2350, has a bell-turret, and consists of flint with stone dressings. Part of the previous church still stands, and contains monuments of the Bathursts.

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 parishLaverstock St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionAlderbury 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Laverstock 1726-1812, Wiltshire is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1726.


Church of England

St. Andrew (parish church)

The church of St. Andrew, erected near the site of the old church at a cost of £2,353, is an edifice of stone and cut flint, with Bath stone dressings, and consists of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch and a western turret containing 2 bells: the east and south windows are stained, and in the porch is a marble monument belonging to the Bathurst family: a vestry was added in 1906, at a cost of £300, defrayed by the parishioners: there are 250 sittings: in the churchyard, which has been enlarged, stands a portion of a buttress of the old church.

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 Laverstock from the following:


Online maps of Laverstock 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 districtSP1
Post TownSalisbury