Atworth & Chalfield Bibliography


St Michael's Church, Atworth


The largest constituent of what is the present civil parish of Atworth was part of the Manor and Ancient Parish of Bradford and shares Bradford’s history until the late 19th century. To this area was added the minor parishes of Atworth Parva (Cottles) and Little and Great Chafield.

WAM in the following list refers to volumes of the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society Magazine.


Anon 1913 [E.H. Goddard?]. Tropenell memoranda [Cottles and West Chalfield]. WAM 38, pp. 48-52

 Arkell, Rob 2018. Little Chalfield lawns. Bath and Counties Archaeological Society member’s project. Available online [PDF, opens in a new tab]

Aslet, Clive 2017. Great Chalfield Manor: How this medieval house was loved back to life. Country Life (29 July and 6 August 2017)

Atworth History Group. Atworth: A Little History

Branigan, Kenneth 1976. The Roman villa in south-west England. Moonraker Press.

Burder, W.N. and others 1912. Great Chalfield, Broughton Gifford, and Westwood excursion. Bath & District Branch, Somerset Archaeological Society Proceedings for 1912, pp. 135-142.

Dowdeswell, Professor W.H. The Church of St Michael Atworth: A Short History 

Driver, J.T. 2000. A ‘perilous, covetous man’ : the career of Thomas Tropenell Esq. (c. 1405-88), a Wiltshire lawyer, parliamentary burgess and builder of Great Chalfield. WAM 93, pp. 82-89

Erskine, Jonathon G.P., Ellis, Peter and others 2008. Excavations at Atworth Roman Villa, Wiltshire 1970-1975. WAM 101, pp. 51-129.

Fuller, R.F. 1946. Great Chalfield Manor, a property of the National Trust.

Haynes, Robert & Slocombe, Ivor 2004. Wiltshire toll houses. Wiltshire Buildings Record

Henig, Martin 1982. The gemstone from Atworth Roman villa. WAM 77, pp. 145-146.

Jack, Paul 2017. Great Chalfield: recent restoration and research on W.H. Brakspear. pp. 41-42 in Williams, Howard & Swallow, Rachel 2017 Wiltshire. Royal Archaeological Institute.

Langdon, Gee 1976. The year of the map: portrait of a Wiltshire town in 1841.

Linford, Neil, Linford, Paul & Payne, Andrew 2014. Little Chalfield, Atworth, Wiltshire. Report on geophysical survey, August 2014. English Heritage Report Series No. 78.

Mellor, A. Shaw 1939. Two buried cruciform stone pavements at Atworth, Wilts. WAM 48, pp. 419-424.

Mellor, A. Shaw & Goodchild, R. 1942. The Roman villa at Atworth, Wilts. WAM 49, pp. 46-95.

Pafford, J.H.P. 1952. Bradford on Avon: the Saxon boundaries in Ethelred’s charter of 1001 AD. WAM 54. pp. 210-18, 372.

Pugh, R.B. and Crittall, Elizabeth (eds.) 1953. A history of the County of Wiltshire, Vol. VII. Victoria County History.

Nichols, Deborah (ed.) 1999. History and memories of Atworth at the end of the second millennium.

Pevsner, Nikolas 1963. Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Revised by Bridget Cherry 1975.

Smith, Nicky 2015. Watgrove, Great Chalfield earthwork survey. Historic England Research Report Series 91-2015

Whiteman, Dorit Bader 2008, 2010. Atworth -a people’s history. Recollections of a wartime evacuee.

Wright, Hugh 2011. The story of Great Chalfield, an account of the owners and occupiers of the Manor (1553-1913).

Wright, Hugh 2013. Widows, wives and daughters. The women who shaped the story of Great Chalfield.

Wright, Hugh 2017. The story of Great Chalfield : the first 550 years.

Wroughton, John 1999. Unhappy Civil War: the experiences of ordinary people in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.