Stockton, Wiltshire

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Stockton, Wilts, c. 1910.png
Stockton, about 1910
Stockton is located in Wiltshire
Location within Wiltshire
Population204 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST981383
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWarminster
Postcode districtBA12
Dialling code01985
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°08′38″N 2°01′44″W / 51.144°N 2.029°W / 51.144; -2.029Coordinates: 51°08′38″N 2°01′44″W / 51.144°N 2.029°W / 51.144; -2.029

Stockton is a small village and civil parish in the Wylye Valley in Wiltshire, England, about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Warminster. The parish includes the hamlet of Bapton.

Location and extent[edit]

The village is close to Codford, south of the A36 road, between the town of Warminster and the city of Salisbury.

When the civil parish of Fisherton Delamere was extinguished in 1934, the portion south of the Wylye (1,174 acres) was transferred to Stockton.[2] This transfer included Bapton and Fisherton Mill, in the village of Fisherton Delamere. Stockton also has two cottages some three miles from the main village street at a remote spot called Great Bottom.


St John the Baptist's Church, Stockton, is largely unrestored and in the south aisle has an early 14th-century stone effigy of a lady, believed to be the foundress of the chantry for which this aisle was built. In the north aisle is a canopied tomb of John and Mary Topp. Parts of the building date from the late 12th-century. It is a Grade I listed building. [3]


Stockton has one pub, The Carriers, in the main village street.[4]


Like several other villages, Stockton is within the catchment area of the Wylye Valley Church of England Primary School, on a site some two miles away at Cherry Orchard, Codford. The nearest secondary schools are at Warminster and Salisbury and include Warminster School.


Most local government services are provided by Wiltshire Council, which has its offices in Trowbridge, some fifteen miles to the north. Stockton also has its own elected parish council of five members.

The village is represented in Parliament by the member of parliament for South West Wiltshire, Andrew Murrison, and in Wiltshire Council by Christopher Newbury.


The number of residents dwindled from 307 at the census of 1841 to 187 in the year 2001, then increased to 204 in the 2011 census.[1]

Notable houses[edit]

Stockton House, a country house in Chilmark stone at the north end of the village, was built by John Topp, a local clothier, in the 1580s. Most of its Jacobean features have survived and it is Grade I listed.[5]

Longhall, another country house at the south end of the village, dates from the 15th century and is Grade II* listed;[6] it is the seat of the Yeatman-Biggs family.

The village also has several thatched cottages, some with 15th- and 16th-century origins.

Notable people[edit]

Tomb of Bishop Huyshe Wolcott Yeatman-Biggs


  1. ^ a b "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  2. ^ A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume IV (1959), p. 361
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St John the Baptist (1181597)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  4. ^ "The Carriers, Stockton". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Stockton House (1284871)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Long Hall, Stockton (1036492)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 May 2015.

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