In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Great Chalfield like this:
CHALFIELD (Great), a parish in Bradford district, Wilts; on an affluent of the river Avon, 1¼ mile N of Holt Junction r. station, and 3 W of Melksham. Post Town, Holt, under Trowbridge. Acres, 700. Real property, with Little Chalfield and Cottles, £2,432. Pop., 12. Houses, 3. The property is divided among three. ...
The manor belonged to the Tropenells, and passed to the Eyres; and the manor house, built by the former, still stands, is surrounded by a moat, and forms a beautiful specimen of a mansion of the time of Edward IV. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £162. Patron, Lady Neale. The church is fair.
Great Chalfield 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 Great Chalfield itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Great Chalfield in West Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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