Place:West Harnham, Wiltshire, England

NameWest Harnham
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.06°N 1.81°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoCoombe Bissett, Wiltshire, Englandparish in which it was a chapelry until 1881
Cawden and Cadworth Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Salisbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district 1894-1927
Salisbury, Wiltshire, Englandcounty borough in which it was located 1927-1974
Salisbury District, Wiltshire, Englanddistrict municipality 1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, Englandunitary authority 2009--
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Harnham is a suburb of the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England, centred about 0.6 miles (1 km) south of Salisbury Cathedral and across the Hampshire River Avon. Harnham is split into the areas of West Harnham and East Harnham.

West Harnham is an outer suburb bisected by the A3054 road in the area northwest of Old Blandford Road and known as the Netherhampton Road. In 1904, when the city of Salisbury was made into a civil parish, its boundary was extended to include most of East Harnham. In 1927 the city expanded further to include West Harnham.

The Church of England parish of Harnham (combining East Harnham and West Harnham) has two churches. St George's in West Harnham, dating from Norman times has a canonical sundial on its south wall. A Methodist church was built in West Harnham in the 1950s to cope with the growing demand among the local population, serving all of the south of Salisbury.

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

"HARNHAM (WEST), a parish in Alderbury [[registration] district, Wilts; near the river Avon, 1½ mile SW by W of Salisbury [railway] station. Post-town, Salisbury. Acres: 1,130. Rated property: £2,129. Population: 285. Houses: 63. The property is divided among a few. Harnham hill commands a very fine view of Salisbury. The living is a [perpetual] curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Coombe-Bissett, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church is ancient and tolerable; and has a tower. Charities, £5."

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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