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National Gazetteer (1868) - Durnford

"DURNFORD, a parish in the hundred of Amesbury, in the county of Wilts, 22 miles S.W. of Amesbury, and 6 N. of Salisbury, its post town and nearest railway station, It is situated on the river Avon, and contains the hamlets of Little Durnford, Netton, Newtown, Salterton, and Normanton. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Salisbury, value £131, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is an ancient edifice, with tower. It contains a curiously carved Saxon font, and tombs of the Yonges. The register commences in 1574. James Harris, the author of "Hermes", formerly occupied the rectory. The Wesleyans have a chapel. There is a National school at Netton. In the neighbourhood is a large earth-work called Ogbury Camp, and several barrows. Durnford House and Little Durnford House are the principal residences. The Earl of Malmesbury is lord of the manor of Great Durnford; Sir Edmund Antrobus, of the manor of Normanton; John Swayne, Esq., of Netton; John Davis, Esq., of Salterton and Newtown; and Edmund Hinxman, Esq., of Little Durnford."

"NETTON, a hamlet in the parish of Durnford, county Wilts, 2 miles S.W. of Amesbury."

"NEWTOWN, a hamlet in the parish of Durnford, county Wilts, 3 miles N. of Salisbury."

"OGBURY, an ancient camp in the parish of Durnford, hundred of Amesbury, county Wilts, 2 miles S.W. of Amesbury. It is situated on the bank of the river Avon, and is surrounded by a bank and fosse 33 feet high, enclosing about 62 acres."

"SALTERTON, a hamlet in the parish of Durnford, county Wilts, 4 miles N.W. of Salisbury, on the river Avon."

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