Place:South Marston, Wiltshire, England

NameSouth Marston
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.59°N 1.722°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoHighworth, Wiltshire, Englandparish in which it was a chapelry until 1894
Highworth Cricklade and Staple Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Highworth Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1894 - 1974
Thamesdown District, Wiltshire, England1974-1997
Swindon District, Wiltshire, Englandunitary authority since 1997
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

South Marston is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Swindon, Wiltshire, England. The village is about 3 miles (5 km) northeast of central Swindon.

South Marston became a civil parish in 1894. For church purposes, South Marston was a chapelry of the ecclesiastical parish of Highworth until it was made a separate parish in 1889.

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

"MARSTON (SOUTH), a chapelry in Highworth parish, Wilts; adjacent to the Great Western railway and to the river Cole at the boundary with Berks, 2¾ miles W of Shrivenham [railway] station, and 3¼ S by W of Highworth. Post town: Highworth, under Swindon. Real property, with Stanton-Fitzwarren and Sevenhampton: £11,536. Rated property of [South Marston] alone: £3,827. Population: 370. Houses: 85. The property is much subdivided. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £175. Patron: the Vicar of Highworth. The church is ancient and tolerable. There is a subscription school."
the following text is a condensation of the Wikipedia article section "Industry"

Early in the Second World War, a Ministry of Aircraft Production shadow factory and airfield were built at South Marston. Another part of the airfield was used for final assembly and testing of locally-built Short Stirling heavy bombers. Later in the war Vickers acquired the site and produced the Spitfire fighter during the war, and other aircraft until the early 1960s. In 1985, Honda bought and closed the airfield and reassigned it to car manufacture. Car manufacture has become one of the principal industries of Swindon today.

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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