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Milston, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Milston, a village and a parish in Wiltshire. The village stands on the river Avon, 3 miles N by E of Amesbury, and 6¼ N by W of Porton station on the L. & S.W.R., and consists of a small group of very pretty cottages, the parish church, and a gabled old parsonage, the birthplace of Joseph Addison, and now a farmhouse. The parish contains also the hamlet of Brigmerston, and its post town is Amesbury, under Salisbury. Acreage, 2265; population, 154. The living is a rectory, united with the perpetual curacy of Brigmerston, in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £280 with residence. The church is ancient and has been restored. Launcelot Addison, the father of Joseph Addison, was rector.

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 parishMilston St. Mary 
Poor Law unionAmesbury 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Milston 1540-1812, Wiltshire is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1540.

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

1540-1880 1540-18411539-1880


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a small but ancient edifice of stone and flint, in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret containing one bell: the east window is stained: the church was restored about 1860 and again in 1906, at a cost of nearly £700, and affords 90 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 Milston from the following:


Online maps of Milston 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 districtSP4
Post TownSalisbury