Malmesbury, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Malmesbury is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Wiltshire.

Alternative names: Abbey, St Paul Malmesbury, Malmsbury, Malmesbury St Paul, Malmesbury the Abbey

Other places in the parish include: Milbourne, Milbourn, Corston, Cole Park, Burton Hill, West Park, Rodbourne, Rodbourn, Rodborne, and Mitbourn.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1591
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Moravian/United Brethren, Particular Baptist, and Presbyterian.

Parishes adjacent to Malmesbury

  • Brokenborough
  • Stanton St Quintin
  • Lea and Cleverton
  • Garsdon
  • Westport St Mary
  • Hullavington
  • Little Somerford
  • Charlton
  • Great Somerford
  • Seagry

Historical Descriptions


Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Malmesbury, 96 miles W. London. P. 2367

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850


The National Gazetteer 1868

Abbey in Malmesbury, a par. in the hund. of Malmesbury, in Wiltshire, not far from the town of Malmesbury. An abbey of the Benedictine order was established here in the 7th century by Maidulf. It appears to have been one of considerable importance, second, in the west of England, only to Glastonbury. Part of the old church still remains.

Source: The National Gazetteer: a Topographical Dictionary of the British Islands compiled from the latest and best sources and illustrated with a complete county atlas and numerous maps. Vol. 1. Virtue & Co. London. 1868.

A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom 1808

Abbey, a hamlet to the parish of Malmsbury, Wilts, 96 miles from London; contains 14 houses and 80 inhabitants. It derived its name from an abbey built by Maildulphus, an Hebridian Scot, in the time of the Anglo-Saxons; from whose name is derived that of Malmsbury.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Benjamin Pitts Capper. 1808.

Marriages Out of Parish

Below is a list of people who were from Malmesbury but who were married in another parish.

John Ravenscroft, esq., of the parish of Malmesbury, Wilts, in the diocese of Sarum [no further entry] at North & Middle Littleton, Worcestershire.


County: Wiltshire
Civil Registration District: Malmesbury
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire
Diocese: Gloucester and Bristol
Rural Deanery: Malmesbury
Poor Law Union: Malmesbury
Hundred: Malmesbury
Province: Canterbury


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