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In Days Gone By       The Village Today

Contiguous Parishes (Our Neighbours)

Alderbury with Clarendon Park - Durnford - Laverstock & Ford - Pitton & Farley - Winterbourne Dauntsey

Places Nearby

Winterbourne Dauntsey, Winterbourne Gunner, Porton, Idmiston, Gomeldon, Laverstock and Ford, Boscombe, Milford, Pitton and Farley are all within 3 miles of Winterbourne Earls.  The city of Salisbury is 3½ miles.


Websites of Interest

Wiltshire Community History - For historical information about the Winterbournes.


The Parish Church of St. Michael & All Angels

The church was built in 1867/68 to serve the parishes of Winterbourne Earls and Winterbourne Dauntsey - both their churches being extremely dilapidated at that time. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners deemed it far less costly to build a new church to serve both villages than to repair the two old ones.

The walls  of the new church were built entirely of flint stones from the two old churches; old mortar was sifted and used for sand.  Other materials - ancient glass, and timbers were incorporated, memorials and windows were relocated.  There is a scratch dial, or Mass clock, on the wall to the east of the entrance and another on the south side which were brought from the two old churches.  The clocks were a form of sundial, but didn't tell the time, only the hours of church services.  For a detailed description of St. Michael and All Angels, see 'Consecration of New Church 1868' below. 

The old church at Winterbourne Earls - St. Michael's - was originally built in the 12th century.  When Sir Richard Colt Hoare visited the parish in the 1830's he described the church as “mean-looking with a wooden turret”.    In June 1867, during its demolition, wall paintings were unearthed - four murals, one on a Norman wall, the others painted about c1553.

Thomas a Beckett was Parish Priest here in his early years.  He often conducted Mass for Henry II and his Court at the grand medieval Clarendon Palace nr Salisbury.

St. Michael & All Angels is in the Bourne Valley Team Ministry which comprises the parishes of Allington & Boscombe, Cholderton, Newton Tony, Idmiston with Porton & Gomeldon, Winterbourne Gunner & Dauntsey, Old Sarum, Hurdcott and Ford.  The Rector is the Reverend Peter Ostli-East. The church is normally open to visitors during daylight hours.    

The Reverend John Hockin Cartwright was Perpetual Curate and Rector of Winterbourne Earls and Dauntsey for 31 years from 1844 - 1875.  

St. Michaels Church Gallery               St. Michaels Churchyard Gallery  

Protestation Return 1641-1642              A New Church for Winterbourne 1867               Consecration of New Church 1868

Parish Register Transcripts


1559-1599          1600-1699          1700-1799          1800-1837

Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1557-1932
Marriages 1559-1982
Burials 1558-1949


Parish History

The parish was named by fusing Winterbourne, meaning winter stream, with Earls - from the Earls of Salisbury.  Along with her neighbouring sister parishes of Winterbourne Dauntsey and Winterbourne Gunner, the village lies 3½ miles north east of Salisbury and encompasses the hamlet of Hurdcott.  The Bourne, a tributary of the River Avon, runs through the parish.

During the 18th century the wool trade was a very important source of income here - in 1767 one farmer owned 3,000 sheep - the majority of parishioners were employed in agriculture.  In the 19th century, the three villages were self-sufficient.  There was a post office, public houses and a school, boot and shoe makers, a draper, tailor, carpenter, wheelwright, grocer and baker, blacksmith, dressmakers and laundresses, a thatcher, florist and shopkeepers, a carrier, coal merchant and even a seminary for young ladies.

In 1934, the modern civil parish of ‘Winterbourne’ was created joining together Earls, Dauntsey and Gunner.  At the time of the Domesday survey (1087) the combined population of the three villages was about 200-250.  In 2001 the combined population was 1,336.    

Population and Other Information               Map of the Three Winterbournes 1901

Civil Registrations

July 1837 - April 1936 Amesbury Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration district

Newspaper Articles

Newspapers are a treasure trove of information for family history researchers and social historians - you may find your ancestors mentioned in the court columns either as the perpetrator or victim of crime.  Primarily, articles shown are those that contain names of parishioners to assist family history researchers but these articles should not be presumed to be the only ones that appear in the in the given years, or that there are no articles in any of the years omitted.    1800-1899


Buildings and Land

There was a 25 bed Isolation Hospital in the village from 1902 - 1913.

Owners of Land 1873


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1899               Cruelty to a Dog 1855              Gross Cruelty to Sheep 1891               A Highway Assault 1927               Widow Tricked by Grandson 1937



Post Office 1855 Post Office 1859 Kellys 1867 Kellys 1875 Kellys 1889 Kellys 1895 Kellys 1898
Kellys 1903 Kellys 1907 Kellys 1911 Kellys 1915 Kellys 1931 Kellys 1939  



New School at Earls 1872


Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business


Agriculture Report 1847          Pitched Market Proposal 1847


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969               

Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

1841           1851          1861          1871           1881           1891          1901          1911

Elections and Polls

Poll Book 1705          Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832          Poll Book 1865          MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017

Funeral Reports

Death of Village Blacksmith 1891-1892

General Items

Suppressing Sexual Irregularities 17th Century           Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863           Personal Memories 1875-1895

Inquest Reports

Charles Davis 1874

Parish Notables

Thomas a Beckett was Parish Priest here in his early years


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Amesbury Union Guardians Appointed 1835 

Appointment of Overseers

1860           1868       1870           1872          




War, Conflict and Military Matters

The War Memorial stands in St. Michael & All Angels churchyard.  It was unveiled on Sunday 2nd February 1921 and bears the names of 21 men from Earls, Dauntsey and Gunner who gave their lives in WWI, and 6 who fell in WWII.     

Why the Poppy                WWI Casualties              WWII Casualties





Hurdcott Photo Gallery


A house called The Poplars was a brush factory in the 19th century.  The Black Horse pub was built in the 18th century.  In 1795, Methodists met at the house of George Marshall; in 1843 a Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built which eventually closed in 1967.

Newspaper Articles 1800-1899

Buildings and Land

Hurdcott Farm 1881          Black Horse Landlords

People and Parish Notables


Accidents 1800-1899


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