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Parish church of St James the Great, Bratton, Wiltshire, seen from the southwest
Parish church of St James the Great, Bratton, Wiltshire, seen from the southwest by Hugh Llewelyn from Keynsham, England. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Bratton is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Wiltshire, created in 1845 from chapelry in Westbury Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Stradbrook.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church: St James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1542
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1594; 1608

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent Methodist, and Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Bratton

  • Edington
  • Upton Scudamore
  • Heywood
  • Westbury
  • Bishopstrow
  • West Ashton
  • Warminster

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRATTON, a chapelry in Westbury parish, Wilts; 4 miles ENE of Westbury r. station. It has a post office under Westbury. Rated property, £4,199. Pop., 744. Houses, 170. The property is much subdivided. Bratton Castle, on the crown of a hill, is an ancient camp of 23 acres, partly defended by a double rampart, in some parts 36 feet high, and said to have been constructed by the Danes. The White Horse, on the S slope below the camp, is a colossal figure similar to the White Horse of Berks, probably ancient, and originally of rude design, but remodelled in 1778. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £300. Patron, the Vicar of Westbury. Charities, £36.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch Historical Records

Parish Registers

Marriages at Bratton 1542-1837 – UK Genealogy Archives


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Wiltshire
Civil Registration District: Westbury
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Precentor of Salisbury
Diocese: Salisbury
Rural Deanery: Wylye
Poor Law Union: Westbury and Whorwellsdown
Hundred: Westbury (Wiltshire)
Province: Canterbury