Rev. John Thomas Canner

John Thomas Canner M.A. was vicar of Chitterne All Saints with St Mary from 1904 until 1925. During this time he wrote his History of Chitterne, which, as far as I know, was never published in it's entirety, but did appear in a serialised form in the Warminster Journal in 1930. (See below).

He also kept a visiting book, a pocket-sized, leather covered, ring-bound book in which he recorded details of all his parishioners, using a page for each dwelling in the village and noting details of births, marriages, deaths, serious accidents etc. This is now in the county archives at Chippenham, ref. 1109/15. From his own page in this book we know that he lived in the Vicarage, in Heytesbury Road, with his wife Annie, daughter Neva and son Frank. Neva's grave lies next to her father's in St Mary's graveyard, just outside the door of St Mary's Chancel.

Rev. Canner and family outside the Vicarage c.1915

The History of Chitterne by John Thomas Canner

edited by Sue Robinson now available at 5.70 inc. postage and packing from the webmaster.

62 pages with black and white illustrations in A4 spiral-bound format.

Published privately, proceeds to the Chitterne Village Hall Fund.

If you plan to purchase this book you should be aware that recent research has thrown new light on the medieval period of Chitterne's history and thereby rendered some of Canner's statements false.


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