Place:Zeals, Wiltshire, England

Alt namesZeals Greensource: alternate name for chapelry
Zeals-Greensource: alternate name for chapelry
Long Crosssource: hamlet in parish
Lower Zealssource: hamlet in parish
White Crosssource: hamlet in parish
Wolvertonsource: hamlet in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.085°N 2.315°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoMere, Wiltshire, Englandparish in which it was a chapelry
Mere Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Mere Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district 1894-1934
Mere and Tisbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district 1934-1974
Salisbury District, Wiltshire, England1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

Zeals is a village and civil parish in southwest Wiltshire, England. The village is about 2.2 miles (3.5 km) west of Mere, next to the A303 road towards Wincanton, and adjoins the villages of Bourton, Dorset and Penselwood, Somerset. Its name comes from the Old English sealh meaning "a small willow" or "sallow".

The civil parish includes the hamlets of Long Cross, White Cross, Lower Zeals and Wolverton.

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

"ZEALS, or Zeals-Green, a chapelry, with a village, in Mere parish, Wilts; 1½ mile WSW of Mere, and 4 NNW of Gillingham [railway] station. Post town: Mere, under Bath. Real property, with Stourton: £5,654. Population: 559. Houses: 134. Zeals House is the ancient seat of the Grove family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value: £290. Patron: the Vicar of Mere."

"Zeals House is a Grade I listed country house dating from the 14th century, with many later additions. It was owned by the Chafyn family, later the Chafyn-Groves, from the 15th century until the mid 20th century; in 1897 the family were benefactors of Chafyn Grove School near Salisbury." (Source: Wikipedia)

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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