Durnford, Wiltshire Family History Guide

Durnford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Little Durnford, Nitton, Salterton, and Newtown.

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Great Durnford

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1574
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1580

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Durnford

  • Fugglestone
  • Woodford
  • Idmiston with Porton
  • Winterbourne Stoke
  • Stratford sub Castle
  • Wilsford cum Lake
  • Amesbury
  • Winterbourne Dauntsey
  • Laverstock
  • Winterbourne Earls
  • South Newton
  • Winterbourne Gunner

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

St. Andrews church, Great Durnford. A view looking north across the graveyard at St. Andrews church by Phil Williams. The copyright on this image is owned by Phil Williams and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Durnford (Great), a parish in the hund. of Amesbury, though locally in the hund. of Underditch, union of Amesbury, county of Wilts; 2½ miles south-south-west of Amesbury, on the river Avon, comprising Little Durnford, Nitton, Salterton, and Newtown. Living, a vicarage in the archd. and dio. of Salisbury; returned at £145 8s.; gross income £132. In the patronage of the prebendary of Durnford, in the cathedral of Salisbury. Here are a Sunday National and three daily schools. On the brow of a hill in this parish is an extensive earthen work, called Ogbury camp, but resembling an ancient residence of the Britons more than a military station; it has not any fosse, and is intersected by numerous small banks. Near this spot is a seat called Durnford-house. By the parliamentary boundaries act, this parish is included within the boundaries of Wilton borough. Acres 3,770. Houses 108. A.P. £3,996. Pop., in 1801, 399; in 1831, 481. Poor rates, in 1837, £217.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Parish Registers

Parish Register of Durnford Wiltshire - Marriages 1574 to 1600


  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Amesbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Durnford
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 - None, Post-1847 - Amesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Amesbury
  • Hundred: Amesbury
  • Province: Canterbury