Brokenborough (St. John the Baptist)
BROKENBOROUGH (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union and hundred of Malmesbury, Malmesbury and Kingswood, and N. divisions of Wilts, 1¾ mile (N. W. by N.) from Malmesbury; containing 429 inhabitants. It comprises about 3000 acres of land, nearly the whole of which is the property of the Earl of Suffolk, who is lord of the manor: the river Avon runs through the parish. The living is annexed, with that of Charlton, to the vicarage of Westport St. Mary. In excavating the ground in the parish, near the mouth of the Kennet, for the Great Western railway, a sword, several human skulls, and some horse-shoes were found near the surface; probably the spot was the scene of a battle in the wars of Charles I.