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Seend, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Seend, a parish, with a village, in Wiltshire, with a station on the G.W.R., 90 miles from London and 4 W by S of Devizes. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Melksham. Acreage, 2759; population, 929. The manor belonged to the Despencers, passed to the Bohuns, and belongs now to the Awdrys. A rich bed of ironstone lies on the lower greensand formation, is said to have been worked by the ancients, and was worked by three successive companies, but has been abandoned for some years. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £230 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church is old, and has a pinnacled tower; it has been well restored. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. The Kennet and Avon Canal passes through the parish.

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 
Civil parishMelksham 
Poor Law unionMelksham 

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

Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtSN12
Post TownMelksham