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Donhead St. Andrew - OPC Vacancy

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Donhead St Andrew Donhead St Andrew Courtesy Duncan & Mandy Ball

Donhead St. Andrew Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Ansty - Berwick St. John - Donhead St. Mary - Semley - Tisbury (Wardour)


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for photographs of St Andrew's Church.
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Donhead St. Andrews.
Map of Donhead St Andrew - Streetmap.
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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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.


The Parish Church of St. Andrew

The church of St Andrew lies almost hidden from sight in the valley bottom near a small bridge. The chantry was founded in 1327. In the east window are the arms of Shaftesbury Abbey, whilst other windows are dedicated to members of the family of the rector William Dansey, who died 1856. Among the memorials is that of Captain John Cooke RN, who was killed commanding HMS Bellerophon at the Battle of Trafalgar. His widow Louisa and their only daughter Louisa Charlotte continued to live at Donhead Lodge for some years before moving to Cheltenham. There is another memorial commemorating the 'consummate skill and bravery' of John Cooke in St Paul's cathedral.

Church Choir Members c1930

Parish Register Transcripts


1610-1699           1700-1749         1750-1799        1800-1824          1825-1849




1610-1699            1700-1749            1750-1799           1800-1824           1825-1849

Parish Registers Held at WSHC

Baptisms 1645-1922
Marriages 1657-2000
Burials 1657-1879


Parish History

In the Dunworth Hundred of Wiltshire, a few miles east of Shaftesbury, the sister villages of Donhead St Andrew and Donhead St Mary merge and nestle between a maze of small winding roads and steep hills.  The River Nadder arises between the two villages and flows north before joining the River Sem on its eastward journey towards Salisbury.  Beyond the old turnpike road, now the A30, and to the south of the parish, lies Ferne, once seat of the Grove family.  After centuries of occupation on the site, the house built by Thomas Grove in 1811 and later re-modelled by his grandson, Thomas Fraser Grove, was finally demolished by 1966.  Today, a new house, Ferne Park, stands on the site, built in 2001 in the Palladian style for 4th Viscount Rothermere, to the design of architect Quinlan Terry.  The much earlier ancestral home of the Grove family was Berrycourt, now Lower Berrycourt Farm.  Apart from the two churches, this beautiful house is thought to be the oldest building in "Donhead".  Once it was the demesne farm house and the boundary between the two parishes was deliberately detoured to run through the middle of the house, enabling the official business of both parishes to be held in one room.  To the north and east lies another famous ancestral seat, Wardour, for many centuries home to the Arundell family.

Parish News 1900-1949


The Donheads Past and Present, by Michael Coward, David Mclean, Rex Sawyer, Christine Speak, The Hobnob Press, 2007
Victoria County History of Wiltshire, Volume 13, D A Crowley (Ed), 1987
The History of Donhead, by Diana Ladas. Available to read as reference only from Salisbury Local Studies Library and Wilts & Swindon History Centre, Chippenham

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 

The Diaries of Charlotte Grove

Those researching families in Berwick St John, the Donheads and other surrounding parishes may be interested to learn about The Diaries of Charlotte Grove.  Charlotte (1783-1860), the daughter of Thomas Grove of Ferne, married the rector of Berwick St John, Richard Downes.  Her surviving diaries, within the period 1811-1858, include entries mentioning a great many parishioners and other individuals from every section of society - lords and ladies, clergymen, tenant farmers, shopkeepers, tradesmen, agricultural labourers and paupers. Further details can be found at  The Diaries of Charlotte Grove


Buildings and Land

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


Crime and Legal Matters


Bastardy Examinations 1850-1856       

General Crime  

Crime Reports 1800-1849          Crime Reports 1850-1899



Post Office 1875




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index  


Employment and Business


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

Peter Bowne 1754          William Bowen 1751

Agriculture and Land

Game Notice 1805           Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                 Gamekeepers Certificates 1834 


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969     


General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Meeting House Certificate 1811

Roman Catholicism

Papist Oath of Allegiance 1792


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations, Societies and Sport

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871                  Pigeon Shooting 1838

Census Returns Transcripts

1851          1861

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832           Poll Book 1865          MP Nominations 2015

Family Notices

1800-1849          1850-1899

Inquest Reports

Inquest Reports 1800-1899

Parish Notables

Captain John Cooke, Naval Officer                 Frank Hugh Hann, Explorer          William Hann, Explorer


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse



Probate Index 1837-1879 (WSHC)          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          William George Litten 1915


Casualty Biographies of WWII          Home Guards 1940-1944



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