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Little Bedwin, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Bedwin, or Bedwyn, Little, a parish in Wilts, on the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Wans Dyke, 1¼ mile NE of Bedwin station on the G.W.R., and 3½ SW by S of Hungerford. It includes the hamlet of Chisbury, and has a post office under Hungerford; money order and telegraph office, Great Bedwyn. Acreage, 4343; population of the civil parish, 487; of the ecclesiastical, 313. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £260. Patron, the Marquis of Ailesbury. The church is ancient, partly Norman, and built of flint; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains the tomb of a Hungerford.

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 parishLittle Bedwin St. Michael 
Poor Law unionHungerford 

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

Church Records

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Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The parish church of St Michael is an ancient building of stone in the Transition style between Norman and Early English, and consists of chancel, nave of six bays, aisles, south porch and a western tower with stone spire containing 4 bells: there are 270 sittings.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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