Place:Broad Town, Wiltshire, England

NameBroad Town
Alt namesBroad-Townsource: from redirect
Cotmarshsource: hamlet in parish
Thornhillsource: hamlet in parish
TypeHamlet, Chapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.499°N 1.87°W
Located inWiltshire, England     (1884 - )
See alsoBroad Hinton (near Swindon), Wiltshire, Englandecclesiastical parish in which it was originally part located
Clyffe Pypard, Wiltshire, Englandecclesiastical parish in which it was originally part located
Kingsbridge Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Cricklade and Wootton Bassett Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1894 - 1974
North Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Broad Town is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Royal Wootton Bassett and 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Swindon. The parish includes the hamlet of Thornhill and the farming hamlet of Cotmarsh.

The civil parish of Broad Town was created in 1884 by combining parts of Clyffe Pypard and Broad Hinton (near Swindon) parishes. Until then, Broad Town and Thornhill were tythings of Clyffe Pypard.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Broad Town from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BROAD-TOWN, a hamlet in Broad Hinton parish, and a chapelry in Broad Hinton and Cliffe Pypard parishes, Wilts. The hamlet lies 1¼ mile NW of Broad Hinton village, and 3 SE of Wootton Basset [railway] station. The chapelry includes the hamlet; and was constituted in 1846. Post Town: Broad Hinton, under Swindon. Population: 473. Houses: 98. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value: £100. Patrons: the Vicars of Broad-Hinton and Cliffe-Pypard alternately.

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