Bighton, a parish in Hants, 2 miles NE of Alresford station on the L. & S.W.R., and 7½ SW of Alton. It has a post office under Alresford, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 2094; population, 195. Remains of a Roman villa have been found at Bighton-Woodshot in the NW. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £324 with residence. The church is Norman, small, and good.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Bighton All Saints|
|Poor Law union||Alresford|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1600.
Church of England
All Saints (parish church)
The church of All Saints is an ancient structure of flint and brick, in the Norman and Early English styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, two chapels, south porch and a low conical-roofed wooden tower containing one bell: the font is of Purbeck marble: there is a brass to Col. B. M. Deane (and son of a former rector), who fell at the battle of Laings Nek, South Africa, January 28th, 1881: the east window is stained.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Bighton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Bighton (All Saints))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.
Online maps of Bighton are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hampshire newspapers online:
- Portsmouth Evening News
- Hampshire Telegraph
- Hampshire Advertiser
- Hampshire Chronicle
- Aldershot Military Gazette
The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.