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Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Monkton Farleigh, a parish, with a village, in Wiltshire, adjacent to the river Avon and the boundary with Somerset, 2 miles from Box station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Bradford-on-Avon; money order and telegraph office, Batheaston. Acreage, 1860; population, 388. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. A Cluniac priory, a cell to Lewes Abbey, was founded here in 1125 by Humphrey de Bohnn, was given at the dissolution to the Seymours, and has left some traces. Monkton Farleigh House was erected out of materials of the priory, occupies part of its site, belonged for a time to the family of Long, and is now the seat of the Hobhouse family. An exquisitely worked silver seal, supposed to have been that of the last prior, was found in the vicinity. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £180 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church comprises nave and chancel and an old tower. There are some extensive freestone quarries on Farleigh Down.

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 parishMonkton-Farley St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBradford 

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

Church Records

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1570-1880 1624-18421623-1880

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA15
Post TownBradford-On-Avon