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St Mary's, Milston
Milston is located in Wiltshire
Location within Wiltshire
Population130 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSU164453
Civil parish
  • Milston
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSalisbury
Postcode districtSP4
Dialling code01980
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°12′25″N 1°46′01″W / 51.207°N 1.767°W / 51.207; -1.767Coordinates: 51°12′25″N 1°46′01″W / 51.207°N 1.767°W / 51.207; -1.767

Milston is a hamlet and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of Salisbury and separated from neighbouring Durrington by the River Avon. The parish consists of two hamlets: Milston and Brigmerston, along with farm buildings on Salisbury Plain. The population in 2011 was 130 – the same as in 1861.[1]


Milston Down Wood has earthworks including bowl barrows.[2] The Nine Mile River rises on Brigmerston Down and is joined by the Damson Brook.

The name is derived from the Old English midlest tūn, meaning "middlemost farm/settlement".[3]

Milston hamlet contains a small Grade II* listed church dedicated to St Mary, erected in the 13th and 14th centuries and restored in 1806 and 1906. The single bell in the bellcote dates from about 1209 and the font is probably from the 13th century.[4] It is one of seven Church of England parishes covered by the Avon River Team ministry.[5][6]

The Old Manor House at Milston, 1613, is a Grade II* listed building.[7]

Notable residents[edit]

Milston was the birthplace of the writer and politician Joseph Addison (1672–1719), whose father Lancelot Addison, writer and cleric, was rector of Milston from 1670 to 1681, when the rectory burnt down.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Bowl barrow, Milston (1009463)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Milston, Wiltshire". Key to English Place Names. University of Nottingham. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Milston (1183149)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ "St Mary, Milston". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ "All About St Mary's Milston". Avon River Team. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "The Old Manor House, Milston (1318536)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  8. ^ ODNB: Pat Rogers, "Addison, Joseph (1672–1719)"[1]; Alastair Hamilton, "Addison, Lancelot (1632–1703)" Retrieved 1 May 2014

External links[edit]

Media related to Milston at Wikimedia Commons