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Somerford Keynes, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Somerford Keynes, a parish in Wiltshire, 4 miles S from Cirencester market-town, and 3 from Kemble Junction on the G.W.R. Post town, Cricklade. Acreage, 2099; population, 269. There is a parish council consisting of five members. Under the Local Government Act, 1894, the adjoining parish of Shorncote was united to this parish. The livings of the vicarage and rectory were united in 1891. There are two churches, that of Somerford possesses an ancient Saxon doorway.

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 parishSomerford-Keynes 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 1560.

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

1608-1879 1608-18791608-1879


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints, nearly concealed by a grove of trees, is an edifice in the perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, north chapel, south porch, and embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 3 bells: the stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. Christopher Fawcett M.A. vicar 1829-81; and there is another to C. J. F. Fawcett esq.: in the nave is a marble tomb with recumbent effigy to Robert Strange, lord of the manor, d. 1654: the chancel has an ancient oak screen, and in the north wall is a Saxon doorway, now walled up: the church was thoroughly restored in 1876, at a cost of £500, and affords 200 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 Somerford Keynes from the following:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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