Parish history

Here you can find material about the history of our parish. It’s a taster – a small selection from the historic photos, maps, documents and recorded memories of the old days that are available. Wilcot for instance has an archive of thousands of items. To view a short video of a brief history and other content for Huish and Oare click here.

If you would like to browse the full village archive, or research a family, a period or a place (such as your home), you can arrange a visit using the contact details found here for Wilcot Village Hall. Alternatively contact one of the Councillors listed on this Parish website. When complete much of the Oare and Huish material will be housed with the Heritage Centre in Pewsey.

Or visit the rich collections in the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes , and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham. This website features a few of their items, and more can be consulted in Wilcot Village Hall, (contact details via the link) with their generous permission.

You can also buy a copy of Colin Bouch’s book, A History of Wilcot .

There is material on the Wiltshire Council website here. Other resources are British History Online, Find My Past, Ancestry UK as well as the British Library, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Wiltshire Soldiers. This is not an exhaustive list.

Note – this site is under construction and changing constantly. If you have material you would like to add, or a question about the content please get in touch.


Events in Wilcot’s history in a timeline

Places in and around Wilcot

Wilcot people

Wilcot maps


Events in Oare’s history in a timeline

Places in and around Oare

Oare people

Oare maps


Events in Huish’s history in a timeline

Places in and around Huish

Huish people

Huish maps