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Contiguous Parishes (Our Neighbours)

Durnford - Pitton & Farley - Winterbourne Earls - Winterbourne Gunner

Places Nearby

The parishes of Winterbourne Earls, Winterbourne Gunner, Porton, Idmiston, Gomeldon, Laverstock and Ford, Boscombe, Milford, Pitton and Farley are all within 3 miles of Winterbourne Dauntsey.  The city of Salisbury is 4 miles. 


Websites of Interest

The Parish Church of St. Michael & All Angels

In 1867/68 a new church, St Michael & All Angels, was built in Winterbourne Earls for the parishioners of Dauntsey and Earls -  both their parish 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.  They were a form of sundial, but didn't tell the time, only the hours of church services.  For a detailed description of St Michael & All Angels, see 'Consecration of New Church 1868' below. 

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 Revered John Hockin Cartwright was Perpetual Curate of Winterbourne Dauntsey and Earls for 31 years from 1844 - 1875

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

St. Edwards (Old Parish Church)

The old church at Winterbourne Dauntsey  - St. Edward’s - had been consecrated in 1326.   Some 500 years later, Sir Richard Colt Hoare described it as “a small plain building formed of flint."  In 1867 it was considered unsafe and beyond repair.  During its demolition paintings were discovered under the plasterwork walls depicting the principal events in the life of Christ.    The parish register transcriptions at the foot of this page are from St. Edward's church.  The Old Church of St. Edward 1326-1867

Parish Register Transcripts


1561-1599          1600-1699          1700-1799          1800-1837          

Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms - 1561-1886
Marriages - 1562-1886
Burials - 1562-1888


Parish History

The parish was named by fusing Winterbourne, meaning winter stream, with Dauntsey - from the Dauntsey family who held the parish for over three hundred years from 1163-1493.  Along with her neighbouring sister parishes of Winterbourne Earls and Winterbourne Gunner, the village lies 4 miles north east of Salisbury.  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 by 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 Figures and Other Information

Civil Registers

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

For Sale - Manor Farm 1844              Owners of Land 1873

Figsbury Ring

Otherwise known as Chlorus' Camp, a mile south east of the village, is a Neolithic and Iron Age site of Special Scientific Interest.  Offering exceptional views over Salisbury Plain, Old Sarum, and Salisbury Cathedral, the site is owned and managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

Public Houses

Philip Tanswell was landlord of the New Inn for (at least) 36 years from 1859 - 1895


Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Related Crime

Ten Pounds Reward 1839               

Crime Reports



Sheep Stealing at Dauntsey 1863               Charged with Stealing Money 1871



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 Appointment 1737-1969                 


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

A meeting house certificate was applied for in 1710 at the house of John Judd.  In 1799 another certificate states that members had “lately erected a house”. This was built as an Independent Meeting House by the Blatch family.  It passed into the possession of the Methodist New Connexion about 1844.  The walls were built of cob with flints on brick footings.  In 1974 the chapel was joined by members from the nearby parish of Idmiston when it became known as the Bourne Valley United Methodist Free church.  (Wiltshire Community History)


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861          1871          1881          1891          1911          

Elections and Polls

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

General Items

Suppressing Sexual Irregularities in the 17th Century                  Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863


Thomas Selfe 1879


Cricket Match 1866


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Amesbury Union Guardians Appointed 1835                  Christmas Donation to the Poor 1846         

Appointment of Overseers

1860          1868          1870



Parishioners Wills

Martha Jerome Dyke Proved 1818


War, Conflict and Military Matters

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

Why the Poppy               WWI Casualties               WWII Casualties 

WWI Casualties

Harold Charles May 1915



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