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South Damerham - The OPC is Michael Ambrose

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Damerham South Photo Gallery

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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


Parish History

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)

Civil Registration

1837 - October 1932 Fordinbridge Registration District
October 1932 - Present Christchurch Registration District


Buildings and Land 

Land Owners

Owners of Land 1873


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations          Crime Reports 1700-1799          Crime Reports 1800-1899               Woman Assaults Neighbour 1875

Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Hill v Moer, Ashley, Horsey, Barker & Hancocke




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agricultural and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807       


Wiltshire Society Apprentice - Joseph William Stokes 1828     


British Postal Services Appointments 1737-1969             

Community Services

James Dewey, Police Constable 1814-1872                


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns

1841           1851          1861          1871           1881          1891           1901           1911

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Poll Book 1865                 

Inquest Reports

Male Child of Ann Beale 1870


Galloway and Pony Races 1799


Tax List 1332            


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.



1860           1868           1870           1872



Extract of the Will of King Eldred 955

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Hugh Peverel 1296       


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918          Why the Poppy



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