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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 & 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 parishSemley St. Leonard 
Poor Law unionTisbury 

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

Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP7
Post TownShaftesbury