In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Southbroom like this:
SOUTHBROOM, or St. James, a chapelry in Bishops-Cannings parish, Wilts; near Devizes r. station. Post town, Devizes. Acres, 2,648. Rated property, £7,980. Pop. in 1851, 2,517; in 1861, 2,773,-of whom 132 were in Devizes workhouse, 386 in the Wilts lunatic asylum, and 26 in Bellevue lunatic asylum. Houses, 454. The property is divided among a few. S. House is a chief residence. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £150.* Patron, the Vicar of Bishops-Cannings. The church, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1 834.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Southbroom, in Kennet and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th October 2015
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