Place:Norton (near Malmesbury), Wiltshire, England

NameNorton (near Malmesbury)
Alt namesNorton Coleparksource: Victoria County History--Wiltshire (former name for parish)
Norton Coleparlesource: Victoria County History--Wiltshire (former name for parish)
Norton-Coleparlesource: Family History Library Catalog (another spelling)
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.558°N 2.166°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoMalmesbury Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Malmesbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1894 - 1974 |rural district, 1894 - 1974
North Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Norton (near Malmesbury) should not be confused with Norton Bavant near Warminster.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Norton (near Malmesbury) is a small village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southwest of Malmesbury. Since 1934 the parish has included the hamlets of Foxley and Bremilham (also known as Cowage). Both Foxley and Bremilham were formerly ecclesiastical parishes; Bremilham merged with Foxley in 1893 and is redirected there.

The Sherston branch of the Bristol Avon forms the north boundary of the parish.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Norton, Wiltshire.

From Victoria County History--Wiltshire

"Norton is 5 km. south-west of Malmesbury. On Speed's map of 1611 the name Coloparle, in error for Cole Park, was juxtaposed to the name Norton, and Cole Park, a house 2 km. SSE. of Malmesbury, was marked by no symbol. As a result Norton was named on later maps as Norton Colepark or Norton Coleparle and that addition to the name was adopted. It appeared in ecclesiastical reference books in the 18th century and on census returns in the 19th. (fn. 5) The antiquary J. E. Jackson, vicar of Norton 1846–91, persuaded the bishop to drop the addition from the name of the benefice, and it went out of use generally in the 20th century."

Research Tips

  • From this Ancestry page you can browse the Wiltshire parishes which have parish register transcripts online, quite often from very early dates. However, reading the early ones requires skill and patience. Transcriptions should also be in FamilySearch.
  • A further collection of online source references will be found on the county page for Wiltshire.
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