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Shorncote, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Shorncote, a parish in Wiltshire, 3½ miles S by E of Cirencester station on the G.W.R. Post town, Cricklade. Acreage, 4850; population, 18. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, annexed to Somerford Keynes. The church is good, and is supposed to have been built 800 years ago.

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 parishShorncott All Saints 
Poor Law unionCirencester 

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


Somerford Keynes and Shorncote are two parishes which have been amalgamated and named Somerford Keynes by an order of the Wiltshire County Council, dated July 10, 1894, under the "Local Government Act, 1894"; by an Order of the Local Government Board, dated 30th April, 1896, which took effect on April 1, 1897, the whole was transferred to the administrative county of Gloucester.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1811.

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

1620-1879 1623-18621619-1879


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints is an ancient building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, small north chapel, south porch, and a belfry at the intersection of the nave and chancel, and originally containing 2 bells, one of which has long since disappeared: on the south wall of the nave is a memorial tablet to Richard Kemble (1733): the church was restored in 1883, at a cost of nearly £1,000, and affords 80 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 Shorncote from the following:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online: