In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Donhead St Mary like this:
DONHEAD-ST. MARY, a village and a parish in Tisbury district, Wilts. The village stands on the river Nadder, ½ a mile NE of Donhead-St. Andrew village, and 1¾ SE of Semley r. station. The parish includes also the tythings of Charlton, Dognol, and Haystone; and its post town is Donhead-St. Andrew, under Salisbury. Acres, 5, 247. Rated property, £5, 611. Pop., 1, 482. Houses, 330. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of Charlton, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £928. Patron, New College, Oxford. The church is old but good, and has a pinnacled tower. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Donhead St Mary, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th August 2016
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