In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bishops Cannings like this:
BISHOPS-CANNINGS, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Devizes, Wilts. The village stands on the Kent and Avon canal, 1½ mile S of Wans Dyke, and 3 NE of Devizes r. station, and has a post office under Devizes.The parish includes the tythings of Bourton, Easton, Chittoe, Coate, and Horton, and the chapelry of St. ...
James or Southbroom. Acres, 12,641. Real property, £11,114. Pop., 4,062. Houses, 750. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged, till the time of Henry VII., to the ancient family of Canynge. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £395.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church is early English, with Anglo-Norman interior; is supposed to have been built about the same time as Salisbury cathedral; was interiorly renovated in 1829; and contains an organ which cost £440, the gift of William Baley, a native, who went round the world with Captain Cook. The chapelries of Chittoe and Southbroom are separate charges.-The subdistrict contains seven parishes and parts of two others. Acres, 22,892. Pop., 3,812. Houses, 854.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bishops Cannings, in Kennet and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2017
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