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Lea, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Lea, a village and a parish in Wiltshire. The village stands 1¼ mile ESE of Malmesbury station on the G.W.R.. and has a post office under Malmesbury; money order and telegraph office, Malmesbury. The parish contains also the hamlet of Cleaverton, and is all included in Malmesbury rural sanitary authority. Acreage, 1774; population of the civil parish, 450; of the ecclesiastical, 591. The manor belongs to the Earl of Pembroke. There is a large corn-mill. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Garsdon, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; value, , £300 with residence. The church of St Giles was entirely rebuilt in 1880. There are Congregational and Methodist chapels.

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 parishLea St. Giles 
Poor Law unionMalmesbury 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1754.


Church of England

St. Giles (parish church)

The church of St. Giles, which was an ancient fabric of stone, was rebuilt in 1880 in the Gothic style, and now consists of chancel, nave of five bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells: the church affords 200 sittings.


Congregational Chapel

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 Lea from the following:


Online maps of Lea 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