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Liddington, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Liddington, a parish and village in Wilts. The village stands 4 miles SE by S of Swindon, and 2 from Chisleton station on the M. & S.W. Joint railway. It has a post office under Swindon; money order office, Wanborough; telegraph office, Chisleton, The parish contains also the hamlets of Liddington Wick, Liddington Warren, Coate, and Medbourn. Acreage,2538; population of civil parish, 3 80; of ecclesiastical, 432. The manor belongs to the Duke of Marlborough. Remains of the old manor-house, of Tudor date, surrounded by a moat, are in a dell. Liddington Castle or Badbury is an ancient British camp, large and circular, and was the scene of a decisive defeat of the Saxans under Cerdio; by King Arthur. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; value, —£315 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Marlborough. The church is ancient, was restored between 1882 and 1889, has a roof of timber framework and a tower, and contains a very ancient font, and monuments of two church dignitaries, supposed to be abbesses of Shaftesbury. There is a Wesleyan chapel. A Parochial Hall was erected in 1884 for public meetings.

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 parishLiddington All Saints 
Poor Law unionHighworth and Swindon 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1692.

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



Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints is an ancient stone building, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells: in the north aisle are tombs, supposed to be those of certain abbesses of Shaftesbury, one of whom is said to have been the founder of the church: a sum of £1,000 was spent in repairs and improvement during the period 1882 to 1889: there are 200 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Liddington from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online:

RegionSouth West
Postal districtSN4
Post TownSwindon