Semley, a parish, with a village, in Wiltshire, with a station on the L. & S.W.R., 101 miles from London and 3 NE of Shaftesbury. It has a post office under Shaftesbury; money order and telegraph office at the railway station. Acreage, 2985; population, 643. There is a parish council consisting of nine members and a chairman. Building stone is quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £450 with residence. Patron, Christchurch, Oxford. The old church was pulled down in 1874 and the present building erected in 1875; it is of stone, in the Early Decorated style. There is a Baptist chapel.