Village History

In the sections below you will find a number of historical accounts of the village.

Wiltshire Community Council Records

The Wiltshire District Council have an enormous historic resource.

You can find a ‘concise history’ of the village as researched by John Chandler here. We are unable to reproduce the text on this site for copyright reasons

British History Online

No precise date of foundation can be assigned for the alien priory of Ogbourne. The manor of Ogbourne St. Andrew was given for the wardrobe of the monks of Bec in 1107-33 by Brian FitzCount and Maud of Wallingford; a second charter of a date between 1122 and 1147 refers to the grant of both Ogbourne St. George and Ogbourne St. Andrew; and a confirmation of the grant of both manors and their churches was given by Maud in her widowhood, between 1150 and 1154. (fn. 1) The appropriation of both churches was granted by Hubert Walter in 1189-93, when he was Bishop of Salisbury; (fn. 2) and in 1208 Bishop Herbert Poore erected the churches of both Ogbournes with the churches of Wantage and Hungerford and the chapel of Shalbourne into a prebend of Salisbury. (fn. 3)

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A Vision of Britain through time

Thehistorypage.jpg Vision of Britain through time web site is an interesting site to take a wander around. For Ogbourne St George it has a historical description. But more generally it has UK maps, resolving down to village level from the 19th and 20th century. It also has UK census information (minus 2001), which is sliced and diced many different ways, again resolving down to village/parish level.

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Ogbourne Cronicles

The following site has gathered a lot of information about the village of Ogbourne St George, including doomsday extracts,history and family noclogo3.gifames.

To quote the site opening words..

Historical & Genealogical Information relating to the names of Ogbourne, Ogborne, Ogborn, Ogburn and the earlier forms of OCHEBURNE & OKEBOURNE in England and the USA

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Abbec of Bec - Court

The following historical extracts regarding the Abbey of Bec court are interesting!

They are sourced from the Internet History Sourcebook project

Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1246

Pleas of the Manors in England of the Abbey of Bec for the Hokeday Term A.D. 1246

Text Source:
Maitland, F. W., ed. Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts: Volume 1–Reigns of Henry III and Edward I. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1889.

Gregory of sydenham [essoins himself] against the lord in a plea in which he has waged his law. Richard Miller is essoiner and has pledged his faith [that the essoin will be warranted].

Jordan of Henton [essoins himself] against William Moor and Roise the widow in a plea of trespass by John Squire [as essoiner], for the second time. Faith is pledged.

Richard son of Lecia [essoins himself] of the general summons by John Harding. Faith pledged.

Joan the widow [essoins herself] against Guy Parage in a plea of trespass by Gilbert Mabel’s son. Faith pledged.

Robert Costard [essoins himself] against Geoffrey Street in a plea of trespass for the first time by Gilbert Mabel’s son. Faith pledged.

Simon Francis [essoins himself] against John of Senholt in a plea of trespass for the third time by Odo of Mursley. Faith pledged.

William Simon’s son against the same person for teh same cause by Richard Odo’s son. Faith pledged.

[the next two entries are partially struck out]

William Carpenter of the general summons by John Francis

William Francis of the same by Ralph Kinct.

The court has presented that Simon Combe has set up a fence on the lord’s land. Therefore let it be abated.

Simone Combe gives 18 d. for leave to compromise with Simon Besmere. Pledges, John Sperling and John Harding.

A day is given to Alice of Standen at the next court to produce her charter and her heir.

John Sperling complains that Richard of Newmere on the Sunday next before S. Bartholomew’s day last past with his cattle, horses and pigs wrongfully destroyed the corn on his [John's] land to his damage to the extent of one thrave of wheat, and to his dishonour to the extent of two shillings; and of this he produces suit. And Richard comes and defends all of it. Therefore let him go to the law six-handed. [he must bring five compurgators] His pledges, Simon Combe and Hugh Frith.

Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1249

Ogbourne [Wiltshire]. Thursday in Whitsun week.

Text source:
Maitland, F. W., ed. Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts: Volume 1–Reigns of Henry III and Edward I. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1889.

William Blackbeard in mercy for not coming with his law as he was bound to do. Pledges, Geoffrey of Wick and Geoffrey Payn. Fine, 6 d.

It was presented that Stephen Shepherd by night struck his sister with a knife and grievously wounded her. Therefore let him be committed to prison. Afterwards he made fine with 2 s. Pledge, Geoffrey of wick.

It was presented that Robert Carter’s son by night invaded the house of Peter Burgess and in felony threw stones at his door so that the said Peter raised the hue. Therefore let the said Robert be committed to prison. Afterwards he made fine with 2 s.

Nicholas Drye, Henry le Notte (fine, 12 d.) and Thomas Hogue (fine, 12 d.) were convicted for that they by night invaded the house of Sir Thomas the Chaplain and forcibly expelled thence a man and woman who had been taken in there as guests. Therefore they are in mercy. Pledges of the said Thomas, richard of Lortemere and Jordan of Paris. Pledges of the said Henry, Richard Pen… and Richard Butry.

Adam Moses gives half a sextary of wine to have an inquest as to whether Henry Ayulf accused him of the crime of larceny and used opprobrious and contumelious words of him. Afterwards they made accord and Henry finds security for an amercement. Fine, 12 d.

Isabella Sywards in mercy for having sold to Richard Bodenham land that she could not warrant him.

All the ploughmen of great Ogbourne are convicted by the oath of twelve men…because by reason of their default [the land] of the lord was ill ploughed whereby the lord is damaged to the amount of 9 s…. And Walter Reaper is in mercy for concealing [i.e. not giving information as to] the said bad ploughing. Afterwards he made fine with the lord with 1 mark.

From Ralph Joce 6 s. 8 d. for his son, because he [the son] unlawfully carried off corn from the lord’s court. Pledge, Geoffrey Joce.

From Henry Pink 12 d. for a trespass by waylaying.

From Eve Corner 6 d. for a trespass of her pigs.

From Ralph Scales 6 d. for timber carried off.

From William Cooper 12 d. for ploughing his own land with the lord’s plough without licence.

From Hugh Newman 12 d. for trespass in the wood.

From Richard Penant 12 d. for the same.

From Helen widow of Little Ogbourne 6 d. for the same.

From Nicholas Siward 6 d. for a false complaint against William Pafey.

From William Pafey 12 d. for fighting with the said Nicholas.

From the widow of Ralph Shepherd 6 d. for a trespass in Pencombe.