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Donhead St Mary

"DONHEAD ST. MARY, a parish in the hundred of Dunworth, in the county of Wilts, ½ mile E. of Donhead St. Andrew, and 3½ miles N.E. of Shaftesbury, its post town. It contains the tythings of Charlton, Dognal, and Haystone. The village, which is considerable, is situated near the river Don. Most of the houses are built of green sandstone, which is largely quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury, value with the curacy of Charlton annexed, £928, in the patronage of New College, Oxford. The church is an ancient structure, with western tower and pinnacles. It is dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, and stands on a hill, known as St. Mary's.


At Charlton there is a chapel-of-ease and a National school. The Wesleyan Methodists and Independents have places of worship, and there are National and British schools. The Society of Friends have a place of interment, but it has not been used for more than a century. In the neighbourhood are some remains of a Roman encampment. Sir Godfrey Kneller formerly resided at Donhead Hall. Charlton House and Wincombe Park are the principal residences. Lord Arundel of Wardour is lord of the manor."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Church Records

  • Common to all parishes is a Key to Abbreviations and a description of Church Records and Indexes for Wiltshire, including a complete Marriage Index for the county.

  • Indexes and registers of the parish church of Donhead St Mary, St Mary the Virgin:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1695-1970, Mar 1695-1981, Bur 1678-1878
    • BTs before surviving registers 1622-1638, 1668-1675, 1683, 1694
    • WSRO also have a transcript of Chr Mar Bur 1622 to 1840 (presumably part is from Bishop's Transcripts)
    • Wiltshire Index Service Burials 1800-1837
  • Indexes and registers of the church of Donhead St Mary, Bird Bush Independent:

    • IGI Chr 1800-1837 Batch C077761 (RG4 1904)

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  • Population was 1,520 in 1831, 868 in 1951.



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