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West Dean, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Dean, West, a parish in Wilts, on the Salisbury Canal, with a station on the L. & S.W.R., 88 miles from London, and 7½ NW from Romsey. It includes East Grimstead chapelry, and has a post and money order office under Salisbury; telegraph office at the railway station. Acreage, 2818; population of the civil parish, 197; of the ecclesiastical, 333i West Dean House, now pulled down, was a seat of the Evelyns, and of the first Duke of Kingston. A Roman pavement was found in the parish in 1741, and foundations of Roman villas were excavated in 1846 and in 1871-73. The living is a rectory, united with the perpetual curacy of East Grimstead, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £456 with residence. A new church was built in 1866. A chantry of the old church is still standing, aud contains some monuments.

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 parishWest Dean St. Mary 
Poor Law unionStockbridge 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1538.

Findmypast, in association with the Wiltshire Record Office, have the following parish records online for West Dean:



Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, rebuilt in 1866, at a cost of over £2,000, on a new site nearer the village, is of brick and flint, in the Pointed style, and consists of chancel, nave, north transept, south porch and a western belfry containing a clock and 3 bells: a portion of the old chantry was restored by the late W. J. Evelyn esq. and has been converted into a mortuary chapel; it contains several interesting monuments to the Evelyn family: there are 250 sittings.

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 West Dean from the following:


Online maps of West Dean are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictTest Valley
RegionSouth East
Postal districtSP5
Post TownSalisbury