Semley, Wiltshire

Historical Description

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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


Ancient County Wiltshire
Hundred Chalk
Poor Law union Tisbury

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Semley (St. Leonard) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Online maps of Semley are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
Google Streetview.
National Library of Scotland. (Old maps) (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy). (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Wiltshire papers online: