Westport, Wiltshire

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Malmesbury and Westport from the Ordnance Survey one-inch map, first edition, 1828

Westport, sometimes called Westport St. Mary,[1] was a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, immediately west of the town of Malmesbury. The philosopher Thomas Hobbes was born in Westport in 1588; his father, also Thomas Hobbes, lived at Westport while serving as curate of Brokenborough.

Westport no longer exists as a separate village and is not named on modern maps. The built-up area was incorporated in the borough of Malmesbury in 1934; the rural parts of the parish were incorporated in 1896 into the parish of St Paul Malmesbury Without.[2]


  1. ^ Ekblom (1917) p. 170
  2. ^ Victoria County History Wiltshire vol. 14 pp. 229-240

Further reading[edit]

  • "Westport (St. Mary)" in Samuel Lewis, ed., A Topographical Dictionary of England. 7th ed. 1848
  • "Westport" in Victoria County History Wiltshire vol. 14 pp. 229–240
  • "Malmesbury" in Victoria County History Wiltshire vol. 14 pp. 127–168
  • Einar Laurentius Ekblom, The Place-Names of Wiltshire, their origin and history (Uppsala, 1917) p. 170
  • Westport St Mary historical information at GENUKI

Coordinates: 51°35′7.6″N 2°6′4.86″W / 51.585444°N 2.1013500°W / 51.585444; -2.1013500