In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Biddestone like this:
BIDDESTONE, or Bidston, a parish-formerly two parishes, St. Peter and St. Nicholas-in Chippenham district, Wilts; 3 miles N by W of Corsham r. station, and 4 W of Chippenham. Post Town, Chippenham. Acres of B. St. Peter, 127; of B. St. Nicholas, returned with Slaughterford. Real property of both, £3,226. Pop. of B. St. P., 34. Houses, 5. Pop, of B. St. N., 407. Houses, 89. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Slaughterford, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol Value, £102. ...
Patron, Winchester College. The church of St. Peter was perpendicular English, but has been taken down. The church of St. Nicholas is Norman, has a picturesque bell-turret, and was well repaired in 1850. There is a Baptist chapel. Edmund Smith, the translator of Longinus, and author of the tragedy of Phædra and Hippolytus, died in the parish; and his tomb is in St. Nicholas church.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Biddestone has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Wiltshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Biddestone and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Biddestone in North Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st November 2014
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