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Semley - St. Leonard Semley - St. Leonard Courtesy of David Milborrow

Semley Village Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (Our Neighbours)

Donhead St. Andrew - Donhead St. Mary - Motcombe (DOR) - Sedgehill - Tisbury with Wardour


Websites of Interest

Semley Community History - Information held at the Wiltshire & Swindon Heritage Centre
British History Online - History of the parish
Genuki - Genealogical Information for the parish
Wiltshire Footprints - Family and Parish History for Semley.  


Parish Church of St. Leonard

St. Leonard Gallery               St. Leonard Interior

Glebe Terriers 1588-1803

Parish Register Transcripts


1600-1699          1700-1749           1750-1799           1800-1824          1825-1849          1850-1874          1875-1899           1900-1924 (Incomplete)


1626-1799          1800-1849          1850-1924


1600-1699          1700-1749           1750-1799           1800-1849          1850-1899

Parish Registers Held at WSHC

Baptisms 1709-1916
Marriages 1709-1995
Burials 1708-1889


Parish History

Semley, a parish in the hundred of Chalk, county Wilts, 3 miles N. of Shaftesbury, its post town, and 4 S.W. of Hindon. It is a station on the Salisbury and Yeovil line of railway. The village, which is considerable, is situated in a valley, and is wholly agricultural. In the southern part of the parish rises Semley Hill, in which the small river Sem has its source. There is a quarry of soft green stone used for building purposes. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £492 10s., and the glebe comprises 101 acres.          The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Sarum, value £600, in the patronage of Christ Church, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. Leonard, is an ancient cruciform structure, with a square embattled tower containing four bells. The church was restored in 1846, when a Tisbury stone font was presented by Miss Bennet, of Pyt House. The register dates from 1657. The parochial charities produce about £4 per annum. There is a place of worship for Baptists, also a National school for both sexes. Lord Arundel of Wardour is lord of the manor.         [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Civil Registration

July 1837-March 1936 - Tisbury Registration District
April 1936-January 1978 - Mere Registration District
January 1978 - Present - Salisbury Registration District

New Registrar 1913


Buildings and Land

UK Land Tax Redemption  1798             UK Land Tax Redemption 1799              Owners of Land 1873



Southern Railways Excursion Advert to Weymouth c1963


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations 1852-1854                Charge of Receiving Stolen Coal 1877






Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Game Notice 1805          Gamekeepers Certificates 1807          Gamekeepers Certificates 1834                

Community Services


Metropolitan Police Pensions Record - George Ball 1848-1866

Food and Dairies

Salisbury, Semley & Gillingham Dairies 1890


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Roman Catholicism

Papist Oath of Allegiance 1792


People and Parish Notables

Accidents and Mysterious Deaths

Death of A. J. Brown 1889

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871                  Club Day 1888                     

Census Returns Transcripts

1841           1851          1861            1871           1881           1891           1901           1911

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Poll Book 1865          MP Nominations 2015 

Family Notices


Funeral Reports

Harold Viney 1949           Albert John Brown 1889


Harry Bailey 1896          Thomas Burden or Burton 1868           Edward Haines 1862          Alfred Mills 1899           Henry Smith 1861          Charles Vincent 1869                    


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse



Administration Bonds

William Hooper 1803

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Christopher Bennett 1638          Thomas Bennett 1635          John Grove 1629                    

Parishioners Wills & Inventories

Probate Index - National Archives 1584-1856

Thomas Goord Proved 1563 Inventory to the Will of Thomas Goord 1563  Thomas Ellmes Proved 1599
William Browne als Clement, Snr. 1602 John Browne, Snr. 1669 (With Admon & Inventory) Elizabeth Browne 1672-1673 (with Inventory)
John Browne Written 1697 (with Inventory)    

Wills Including Beneficiaries int he Parish 

Anthony Bennet of Stower Provost, Dorset 1688


War, Conflict and Military Matters

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


Home Guards 1940-1944




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