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Purton, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Purton, a village and a parish in Wiltshire. The village stands on an eminence, 1 mile W of the North Wiltshire Canal, and 4½ miles NW of Swindon. It has a station on the G.W.R., 81 miles from London, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Swindon. The parish contains also Braydon hamlet and Cricklade Workhouse, Acreage, 6465; population of the civil parish, 2432; of the ecclesiastical, 2495. There is a parish council consisting of fifteen members. Fairs are held on the Tuesday before 6 May and the Friday after 19 Sept, The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £540 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Shaftesbury. The church is a handsome edifice with two towers and a spire, and contains monuments of the Maskelynes and others; it has been well restored. There are Congregational, Wesleyan, and Methodist chapels, a cottage hospital, and a workmen's institute.

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 parishPurton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionCricklade and Wootton-Bassett 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Purton 1558-1812, Wiltshire is available to browse online.

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


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Purton from the following:


Online maps of Purton 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 districtSN5
Post TownSwindon