Westbury: Roman catholicism

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A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 8, Warminster, Westbury and Whorwellsdown Hundreds. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1965.

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Walter Clark of Westbury Hundred was presented as a popish recusant in 1676 and 1680 (fn. 1) and was convicted of recusancy. (fn. 2) In 1683 there were said to be no recusants in the hundred. (fn. 3) and no other references to recusancy have been found. (fn. 4)

The church of St. Bernadette of Lourdes was built in West End in 1938. (fn. 5)


  • 1. W.R.O. Q. Sess. R. Trin. 1676, 1680, Westbury Presentments.
  • 2. E 377/73.
  • 3. W.R.O. Q. Sess. R. Trin. 1683, Westbury Presentments.
  • 4. Thanks are due to Mr. J. A. Williams for supplying the information in this paragraph.
  • 5. Kelly's Dir. Wilts. (1939).