Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)
Alderholt - Cranborne (DOR) - Fordingbridge - Sandleheath - Martin - Rockbourne (HAM)
Websites of Interest
GenUKI - For information on Wiltshire and South Damerham
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Hampshire Archives Catalogue - The Hampshire Archives Catalogue holds all the parish registers for South Damerham, plus most misc. records except Bishop's Transcripts (BT's).
The Parish Church of St. George
Parish Registers Held at Hampshire Record Office
Baptisms 1678, 1691, 1699-1788, 1792, 1795-1968
Marriages 1678, 1699-1837
Burials 1678, 1699-1789, 1792, 1794-1879
BTs held at WSHC 1606, 1622-1638, 1671-79, 1696, 1710-1734, 1744, 1748-1750, 1782, 1788, 1795-1836, 1839-1880
Now within the jurisdiction of the county of Hampshire (since 1895). Known as Damerham South or South Damerham to differentiate between the two Wiltshire holdings of Glastonbury Abbey. North Damerham or Damerham North, although it does not exist; was held by Glastonbury Abbey and consisted of lands and villages around Chippenham. Thus the village itself is Damerham, but other holdings in the same catchment area would be part of Damerham South.
Information on the general parish history may be acquired here: Damerham Community Website (History Page)
1837 - October 1932 Fordinbridge Registration District
October 1932 - Present Christchurch Registration District
Buildings and Land
Crime and Legal Matters
Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)
Emigration and Migration
Employment and Business
Agricultural and Land
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
People and Parish Notables
1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911
Elections and Polls
Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse
Records exist encompassing this parish in the form of Workhouse Minute books from Fordingbridge (Ham) from the 1830s onward, held in the Hampshire Archives. It contains expenditure records and little to no personal detail. Nothing from the village itself exists for poorhouse or workhouse records prior to this date.
A great record also available at the Hampshire Archives is a pamphlet entitled: "A Brief Statement of Facts; wherein, several instances of Unparalleled Inhumanity, Oppression, Cruelty and Neglect, in the treatment of the poor in the parish of Damerham South, In the County of Wilts, are considered and exposed" by the late Rev. Philip Henville (1759 - 1805) who was curate of the parish for a decade until his death. This pamphlet grants a special and unique insight into the living standards of our Damerham ancestors and relatives in the late 18th Century.
Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held
War, Conflict and Military Matters