In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Dauntsey like this:
DAUNTSEY, or Dantsey, a parish in Malmsbury district, Wilts; on the river Avon, near the Great Western railway, 4½ miles SSE of Malmsbury, and 5¾ W of Wootton-Bassett. It has a post office under Chippenham, and a r. station. Acres, 3, 301. Real property, £5, 815. Pop., 578. Houses, 114. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged, at the conquest, to Malmsbury abbey; and passed to the Danteseys, the Straddlings, the Danverses, the Crown, and the Great Earl of Peterborough. Part of the land is common. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £344.* Patron, the Rev. W. E. Elwell. The church has monuments of the Danverses; and is tolerable. Charities, £71. The parish gave the title of Baron to the son of James II. .
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Dauntsey has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Wiltshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Dauntsey and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dauntsey in North Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th January 2015
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