Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Wiltshire

This page summarises the local government organisation of Wiltshire since 1889.

  • Wiltshire County Council was formed in 1889, and in 1894 a network of boroughs, urban district and rural district councils was formed across the county.
  • Wiltshire already had several boroughs. These were Calne, Chippenham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Salisbury, and Wilton Municipal Boroughs. Westbury and Wootton Bassett boroughs had been abolished in 1886.
  • From 1894 there were also 6 Urban Districts: Bradford-on-Avon, Melksham, Old Swindon, Swindon New Town, Trowbridge, and Warminster. In 1899 a Westbury Urban District was formed. In 1900 Old Swindon and Swindon New Town were amalgamated to form Swindon Municipal Borough.
  • There were also 19 Rural District Councils covering the areas outside the major towns. These were: Amesbury, Bradford-on-Avon, Bramshaw, Calne, Chippenham, Cricklade & Wootton Bassett, Devizes, Highworth, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Mere, Pewsey, Ramsbury, Salisbury, Tisbury, Warminster, Westbury & Whorswellsdown, and Wilton Rural Districts. Bramshaw was almost immediately (1895) absorbed by Hampshire's New Forest RDC.
  • In 1934 there was minor reorganisation when mergers led to Bradford-on-Avon & Melksham, Calne & Chippenham, Marlborough & Ramsbury, Salisbury & Wilton, Mere & Tisbury, and Warminster & Westbury RDCs.
  • In 1974 major reorganisation saw the urban and rural districts abolished and a 2-tier structure established, with the County Council and 5 Districts, Kennet, North Wiltshire, Salisbury, Thamesdown, and West Wiltshire. In 1997 Thamesdown (which was an amalgamation of Swindon Municipal Borough and Highworth Rural District) became a unitary authority and was renamed Swindon. In 2009 the other districts were abolished and Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) also became a unitary authority. Salisbury retained a City Council with reduced powers.
  • Wootton Bassett was granted Royal status, becoming Royal Wootton Bassett, in 2011.
  • For a list of our Wiltshire maps go to the Wiltshire page, or for Swindon to the Swindon page. For a full list of English maps, return to the England page

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