History Overview

In this section we plan to capture and present as much of the history of the parish as possible.
In addition to sections on specific items of interest, such as Old Sarum and the Parish Records, we are planning to present sections on what was happening in Stratford-sub-Castle during each of the main historical Ages. We are also developing a Timeline of the notable events that took place in the Parish.
It is very much a working section and you will find that many of the ages are yet to be developed.
There is an active archaeology group in the area, affiliated to U3A, and we expect data relevant to the Medieval and earlier periods to be established over the next several years.
Throughout the section we generally refer to "Old Sarum" even though this name did not come into use until the late Middle Ages. We do not feel that it would help our readers' understanding to make statements such as "The Normans came to Sareosbyrg in 1067". This convention does not apply to History Overview section in which we trace the development of the parish and the name changes are important elements of the history.
Note that we are looking for local volunteers to take on historical research for each age listed - Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Early Roman, Later Roman, Saxon, Norman, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian, Early 20th C.

We present here an initial summary of the village during each of major historical periods.

1. Earliest Days

2. Roman Sorviodunum

3. Saxon Saerobyrg

4. Norman Sarisberie

5. Medieval Stratford sub Castle

6. Stratford sub Castle in the 17th and 18th Centuries

7. From the Victorians to Modern Times


This section has been prepared by David Balston with information gleaned from Wiltshire Archaeology Service, many books borrowed from Salisbury Museum and papers by John Chandler and David James. Any errors are the author's and he would be pleased to receive corrections or alternative interpretations. It is hoped that neighbours will be enthused by the rich history of our village and wish to explore some of the times further. There is much still to understand.