This is Poulshot
This is Poulshot

Our heritage

This page and links record some of the history and heritage of our Village. To find out more, and access the Village Trust's archives, see The Archive page.


The Domesday Book records Poulshot thus:

  • Total population: 70.5 households (very large).
  • Total tax assessed: 17 exemption units (very large).
  • Head of manor: Corsham.
  • Taxable units: Taxable value 34 exemption units. Taxed on 18.0.
  • Value: Value to lord in 1086 £37.3.
  • Households: 68 villagers. 10 slaves. 9 cottagers. 54 other population.
  • Ploughland: 55 ploughlands (land for). 7 lord's plough teams. 43 men's plough teams.
  • Other resources: 11.0 lord's lands. Meadow 32 acres. Pasture 1 hide hides.        Woodland 2 * 2 leagues. 2 mills, value 0.42. 2 churches. 3.0 church lands.
  • Lords in 1066:Edgar the priest's father; Earl Tosti.
  • Lords in 1086:Caen Saint-Etienne, abbey of;Edgar the priest; King William.
  • Tenant-in-chief in 1086:King William.
  • Places mentioned in this entry: Corsham; Poulshot

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales

described Poulshot like this:


POULSHOT, a parish in Devizes district, Wilts; on an affluent of the river Avon, 2½ miles S S E of Seend r.station, and 3½ S W by W of Devizes. It has a post-office under Devizes.Acres, 1, 589. Real property, £3, 961. Pop., 334. Houses, 73. The manor belongs to W. Long,Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £463.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church was recentlyrestored. There is an endowed school with £11 a year.

The Hooks' history of Poulshot
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Additional notes to Hook's History
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Hooks' 1837 Tythe Map showing all fields and tracks (zoom in to view detail)
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A short history
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Photographs from 1900 - 1950
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Photographs from 1950 - 1990
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Photographs from 1990 - 1991
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Methodist Chapel about 1900
Poulshot Road, near Belle Vue Farm about 1900

The three pictures below show the shop at Marsh Cottages decked out for the 1953 Coronation. The shop was run by Arthur and Effie Bowden until the late 1960s. Originally they lived in the first cottage and the shop was run out of a lean to at the back. Then when they acquired the next door cottage the front room was converted to the shop.  The poles the bunting is flying from are believed to be the officials' rods from the Poulshot Friendly Society which are now in Devizes Museum.

Listed buildings

There are a number of Listed Buildings in and around Poulshot - download the list below, or search the English Heritage database here.

Listed Buildings
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