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Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Donhead St Mary, a village and a parish in Wilts. The village stands on the river Nadder, half a mile NE of Don-head St Andrew village, and 2- miles SE of Semley station on the L. & S.W.R. The parish includes also the tithings of Charlton, Dognol, and Haystonc. Post town, Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Donhead St Andrew. Acreage, 5227; population of the civil parish, 1207; of the ecclesiastical, 1232. The living is a rectory, united with the perpetual curacy of Charlton, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £535 with residence. Patron, New College, Oxford. The church is old but good, and has a pinnacled tower; it was thoroughly restored in 1885. There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWiltshire 
Ecclesiastical parishDonhead St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTisbury 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1678.

Findmypast, in association with the Wiltshire Record Office, have the following parish records online for Donhead St Mary:

1622-1880 1622-18451622-1880


Church of England

St. Mary the Virgin (parish church)

The church of St. Mary the Virgin, standing on an eminence called Church Hill, was originally a rude Norman structure, consisting of small chancel and nave: of this, only part of the walls and font remain: towards the beginning of the 13th century the church was enlarged and modified, arches being cut through the Norman walls, apparently at two different periods, a clerestory added as well as aisles, and a large chancel added: about a century later a stone porch was built at the south entrance: in the year 1400 the present western embattled tower was erected and ornamented with pinnacles, and now contains 6 bells: a few years later the north and south chancel aisles were added: the church was again thoroughly restored in the year 1885 at a cost of £2,500, of which sum £1,000 was left by the late rector, the Rev. B. W. Blackmore, the remainder being raised by voluntary contributions: there are four stained windows to the memory of the Rev. R. W . Blackmore and his parents and the late Mrs. Dunston: the church will seat 250 persons.


Congregational Chapel, Bird Bush

The Congregational chapel at Bird Bush, founded in 1650, has sittings for 350 persons.


Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ludwell
Wesleyan Chapel

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Donhead St Mary from the following:


Online maps of Donhead St Mary are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP7
Post TownShaftesbury