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West Dean

"WEST DEAN, a parish partly in the hundred of Alderbury, in the county of Wilts, and partly in the hundred of Lower Thorngate, in the county of Hants, 7 miles S.W. of Stockbridge. It contains East Grimstead. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Salisbury, value with East Grimstead, in Wilts, £446, in the patronage of the Rev. H. Glossop. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has tombs of the Evelyns, of Dean House, which is now in ruins, and a curious monument, with copper doors, dated 1669, to the Right Hon. R. Pierpoint, whose effigy in marble represents him undergoing the surgical operation under which he died. There is a chapel-of-ease at East Grinstead, in this parish. The foundations of a Roman villa were discovered here in 1740."

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

West Dean is 7 miles SE of Salisbury. Grid Ref SU258272. Postcode SP5 1JQ. Population 360 in 1831, 180 in 1951.



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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 West Dean, St Mary:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1813-1886, Mar 1754-1990, Bur 1813-1947
    • BTs before surviving registers for 1599-1601, 1622-36, 1661-74, 1710-12, 1717-56, 1762-63, 1782-90, 1795-
    • IGI Chr 1813-1875 Batch C058521, 1875-1885 Batch C058523; Mar 1754-1812 and 1814-1837 Batch M058521
    • VRI Chr 1875-1886, Mar 1837
    • Wiltshire Index Service Burials 1800-1837

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Historical Geography

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