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.
Biddestone is now part of North Wiltshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Wiltshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Biddestone itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Biddestone in North Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th April 2017
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