Donhead St Andrew, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Donhead St Andrew is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Alternative names: St Andrew Donhead

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1655
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1622

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DONHEAD-ST. ANDREW, a village and a parish in Tisbury district, Wilts. The village stands on the river Nadder, near its head, and near the boundary with Dorset, 2 miles SSE of Semley r. station, and 3¼ ENE of Shaftesbury; and has a post office under Salisbury. The parish comprises 3,540 acres. Rated property, £3,635. Pop., 830. Houses, 180. The property is subdivided. Donhead Hall belonged once to a grandson of Sir Godfrey Kneller, and belongs now to John Du Bonlay, Esq. Tittlepath Hill here is encircled by Castle-Rings camp; and perhaps gave rise to the name Donhead, which seems to be a corruption of Dunheved, signifying the “swelling hill.” The parish is a resort of sportsmen. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £814. Patron, the Rev. W. Dansey. The church is later English, in good condition; has an embattled and pinnacled tower; and contains an ancient Norman font, and a curiously-sculptured column capital. An endowed school has £11.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog


Census returns for Donhead-St. Andrew, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Donhead-St. Andrew, 1622-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Donhead-St. Andrew (Wiltshire)

Donhead St. Andrew : incumbent’s visiting book 1858-60 Author: Hurley, Beryl

Parish registers for Donhead-St. Andrew, 1741-1922 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Donhead-St. Andrew (Wiltshire)


Estate survey in Donhead-St. Andrew, Wiltshire, 1799 Author: Manor of Donhead-St. Andrew (Wiltshire)


Land tax assessments in Donhead-St. Andrew, Wiltshire 1780-1876 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Tisbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Chalke
  • Poor Law Union: Tisbury
  • Hundred: Dunworth
  • Province: Canterbury