Status: Active, 18 volumes published

Work on the Wiltshire VCH commenced in 1947 and for many years was carried forward with financial support from local authorities and (from 2004 to 2013) the University of the West of England. About 75 per cent of the county has been covered, with 18 volumes published. Volumes 3 to 17 are available via British History Online and can be found either here, or by following the links in the publication list included below.

Since 2013, the Wiltshire VCH Trust has taken responsibilty for continuing the work and raising the necessary funds to do this. Wiltshire Council will contiue to provide facilities for historians working on the project at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham.

Of the 18 volumes published so far, volumes 1 to 5 in the Wiltshire series are on general topics relating to the whole county. Volumes 6 to 18 are topographical volumes, containing the histories of individual parishes and towns. Around three quarters of the work on Wiltshire has already been finished. Volume 19, covering Mere Hundred, including Mere itself, Stourton (with the house and gardens at Stourhead), Maiden Bradley, Kilmington (formerly in Somerset) Zeals and West Knoyle together with the parishes in the Deverill valley mostly in South Damerham Hundred is ongoing for publication in 2019.

Planning is in progress for volume 20, Chippenham and Environs, for which funding is currently being sought. Work on this volume commenced 2015 and the first draft material can be found on the 'Work in Progress' pages of this site


Wiltshire Vol VII
R. B. Pugh and Elizabeth Crittall
Jan 1953
R. B. Pugh and Elizabeth Crittall
Jan 1955
R. B. Pugh and Elizabeth Crittall
Jan 1956
Wiltshire Vol I part i
R. B. Pugh and Elizabeth Crittall
Jan 1957
Wiltshire Vol V
R. B. Pugh
Jan 1957

News and events

Wiltshire volume XX, Chippenham and Environs
First draft text for Chippenham and Environs now available
Launch of the Friends of Wiltshire VCH...
VCH Wiltshire XVIII (Cricklade and Environs) was formally launched at Cricklade...

Work in progress

Chippenham: A full scoping study has been undertaken into the topics that w...
The parish of Monkton Deverill was never little more than a chapelry of Longbrid...
The parish of Kingston Deverill stands c.9 km south of Warminster and c.6 km nor...
The large parish of Longbridge Deverill lies to the south and west of Warminster...
Horningsham lies c.7 km. SW of Warminster, along Wiltshire’s western borde...