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Manningford Bruce, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Manningford Bruce, a parish in Wiltshire, on the river Avon, 2 miles SW of Pewsey station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Marlborongh; money order and telegraph office, Upavon. Acreage, 1113; population, 250. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £190 with residence. The church is Norman, has a circular E end, and contains a monument to Mary Lane, who assisted in the escape of Charles II. at Worcester; the building was thoroughly restored in 1882.

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 parishManningford-Bruce St. Peter 
Poor Law unionPewsey 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1657.

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

1605-1880 1619-18451605-1879


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter, a building of rubble faced with flint, and originally of Early Norman date, consists of apsidal chancel, nave, south porch, and a western belfry of wood containing 2 bells: four of the windows are stained, and there are several mural tablets, including one in the chancel to Mary Nicholas, wife of the then lord of the manor, who, with her sister Jane, was instrumental in preserving the life of Charles II. after his defeat at Worcester, Sep. 3, 1651: a curious old pewter flagon and two dishes, dated 1727, are preserved in the church: the church was restored in 1882, under the direction of the late Mr. J. L. Pearson R.A. and affords 100 sittings.

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 Manningford Bruce from the following:


Online maps of Manningford Bruce 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 districtSN9
Post TownPewsey