In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Broughton Gifford like this:
BROUGHTON-GIFFORD, a parish in Bradford district, Wilts; on the Great Western railway and the river Avon, near the Kennet and Avon canal, 1½ mile SW of Melksham r. station, and 4 ENE of Bradford. It has a post office under Melksham. Acres, 1,677. Real property, £3,707. Pop., 621. Houses, 145. ...
The property is divided among a few. Broughton-Gifford House is the seat of the Staples family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £355.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is of the time of Henry VII.; was recently restored; and has a brass of 1620. There are a Baptist chapel, a school with £20, and other charities with £12.
Broughton Gifford is now part of West Wiltshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Wiltshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Broughton Gifford itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Broughton Gifford in West Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2017
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