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Highcliffe, Hampshire

Historical Description

Highcliffe, a seat and a village in Hants, on the coast, S miles E of Christchurch, and 1 mile from Hinton Admiral station on the L. & S.W.R. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office under Christchurch. Popniation of the ecclesiastical parish, 896. The seat is Highcliffe Castle; it succeeded a mansion of Lord Bute, the favourite of George-Ill., which was removed because of encroachment of the sea, and it was itself built by the late Lord Stuart de Eothesay, and is also threatened by sea-encroachment. It is now the seat of the Wortley family. It has fantastic turrets, and may be called, as to appearance, a compound of castle, abbey, and church. Hoburne, Holmhurst, Sandhills, and Bure Homage are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £170 with residence. There is a coastguard station near.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO23
Post TownWinchester