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Westport St Mary, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Westport St Mary, a parish in Wiltshire, contiguous to Malmesbury town, within Malmesbury borough, and half a mile from Malmesbury station on the G.W.R. Post town, Malmesbury. Acreage, 1961; population of the civil parish, 1669; of the ecclesiastical, 1652. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Malmesbury, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is a building of stone in mixed styles of architecture. There is a large Congregational chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWiltshire 
Ecclesiastical parishWestport St. Mary 
HundredMalmesbury 
Poor Law unionMalmesbury 

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


Cemeteries

The Cemetery of 2&frac;12; acres, was formed in 1884 at a cost of £2,000, including a mortuary chapel, and a house for the keeper: it is under the control of the Town Council and the Parish Council of St. Paul Malmesbury Without.


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1678.

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

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1605-1860 1605-18601605-1860

Churches

Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Westport is a building of stone in mixed styles, and consists of chancel, nave, aisle, south porch, and a western turret containing one bell: the nave is divided from the aisle by an arcade of six arches: there are 230 sittings.

Congregational

Congregational Chapel

The Congregational chapel at Westport St. Mary, founded in 1662, has been rebuilt at a cost of £2,000, and affords sittings for 400 persons; attached is a vestry and a schoolroom holding 400 children.


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 Westport St Mary from the following:


Newspapers and Periodicals

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