In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Orcheston St Mary like this:
ORCHESTON-ST. MARY, a parish in Amesbury district, Wilts; on Salisbury plain, 8¾ miles N E of Wiley r. station, and 11¼ S S E of Devizes. Post-town, Orcheston, St. George, under Devizes. Acres, 1, 737. Real property, with Orcheston, St. George, £3, 480. Pop., 177. Houses, 41. The property is divided betweentwo. The manor belongs to Miss Mills. Orchestondown is in the N E. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £380.* Patron, Clare College, Cambridge. The church is partly ancient, and restored; and the chancel was recently rebuilt.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Orcheston St Mary, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th July 2014
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