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Donhead St. Mary - The OPC is Dot Gurd

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Donhead St. Mary Village Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Ashmore (DOR) - Berwick St. John - Cann (DOR) - Donhead St. Andrew - Melbury Abbas (DOR) - Semley - Tollard Royal


Web Sites

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for photographs of St Mary the Virgin
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Donhead St. Mary
Gurd and Associated Families - One Name Study
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
Register of One-Place Studies - Donhead St. Mary Entry


The Parish Church of St. Mary

Donhead St. Mary Photo Gallery

Parish Register Transcripts


1622-1699          1700-1749          1750-1799           1800-1810


1622-1799          1800-1837  


1622-1699          1750-1799          1800-1849

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1695-1970
Marriages 1695-1998
Burials 1678-1878


Parish History

The parish includes the area of Dognell, Haystone and Charlton.  It also includes the village of Ludwell.

Parish News Reports 1791

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Tisbury Registration District
April 1936 - January 1978 Mere Registration District
January 1978 - Present Salisbury Registration District

A New Registrar 1913


Buildings and Land

Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land and Assessed Taxes 1842                 Cattle Plague Regulations 1867                 Owners of Land 1873                 Parish Plan 2009


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849 Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879 Bastardy Examinations 1850-1856
Crime Reports 1850-1899 Not Guilty of  Reckless Driving 1924  



Post Office 1875




Emigration and Migration

Published in tables from the Poor Law Commissioners Annual Reports for 1835, 1836 and 1847-1848 the following may be of use for tracing missing ancestors.  18 paupers emigrated to Canada under an assisted emigration programme between July 1838 - April 1839, 3 emigrated to South Australia between April 1839 - April 1840 and 5 emigrated to Canada in 1847.


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969             Gamekeepers Certificates 1807            Gamekeepers Certificates 1834


Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish.

Mary Bell 1751


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Birdbush Chapel

Baptisms 1800-1837

Quakers/Society of Friends

Many burials took place at Chilvercombe Bottom, a burial ground founded by the Fry family.  The burial ground is owned by the Society of Friends and is an enclave surrounded by the Ashcombe Estate, Tollard Royal.  Records of these burials can be found in the Donhead St. Mary parish registers.

Roman Catholicism

Papist Oath of Allegiance 1792


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871

Census Returns Transcripts

1695 & 1698    

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818           Poll Book 1865

Fairs and Fetes

Winners at Salisbury Sheep Fair 1878


Inquest Reports 1800-1849                  Inquest Reports 1850-1899


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse



Probate & Estate Notices 1850-1899                National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held 

John Grove 1629


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Boer War

Wiltshire Yeomanry - Volunteers for Active Service 1899

General Military Items

Why the Poppy                                   


Books of Remembrance and War Memorials

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918               


Casualty Biographies of WWI           Frederick John Robert Broomfield 1915



Casualty Biographies of WWII





Church of St. John The Baptist


Buildings and Land

Charlton Cemetery Gallery

Property Auction 1823


Crime and Legal Matters

Life and Crime of John Gurd 1863-1892


Nonconformity and Other Places of Worship

Primitive Methodist Camp Meeting 1867


People and Parish Notables

Falstone Day Book 1645-1653


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery



Crime and Legal Matters


Assault on Husband and Wife 1838



Ludwell Gallery


General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959


People and Parish Notables

Inquest Reports 1700-1899

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