Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for DURNFORD

DURNFORD, a village and a parish in Amesbury district, Wilts. The village stands on the river Avon, 2½ miles SSW of Amesbury, and 4 NNE of Wilton r. station; occupies the site of a Roman settlement; and has a post office under Salisbury. The parish includes also the hamlets of Little Durnford, Netton, Salterton, and Newtown. Acres, 3, 423. Real property, with Wilsford and Lake, Great Woodford a-Little Woodford, £9, 965. Rated property of D. alone, £4, 375. Pop., 553. Houses, 117. The property is divided among a few. Durnford House is a seat of the Earl of Malmsbury; and Little Durnford House is the seat of E. Hinxman, Esq. Ogbury camp, on the brow of a hill, near Durnford House, is an extensive earthwork, resembling more a seat of the ancient Britons than a military station; without any fosse, and intersected by numerous small banks. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £175.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is rich Norman, with curious doorways; has an early English square tower; and contains a figured Saxon font, and monuments of the Yonges. The parsonage was once occupied by Harris, the author of " Hermes." There is a Wesleyan chapel.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Durnford CP/AP       Amesbury RegD/PLU       Wiltshire AncC
Place: Durnford

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