In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Donhead St Andrew like this:
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.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Donhead St Andrew, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th January 2015
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