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Binstead, Hampshire

Historical Description

Binstead or Binsted, a parish in Hants. The parish lies 2 miles SSW of Bentley station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 NE by E of Alton; contains the hamlets of Issington, Week, Westcote, and Wheatley; and has a post office under Alton; money order and telegraph office, Bentley. Acreage, 6920; population of the civil parish, 1331; of the ecclesiastical with Kingsley, 1341. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Kingsley, in the diocese of Winchester; gross united value, £370 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Winchester. The church is ancient, has a low embattled tower and a spire, and contains several monuments. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBinsted St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionAlton 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1590.


Church of England

Holy Cross (parish church)

The church of St. Cross is an ancient Norman edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, two chapels, south porch and a western tower with spire containing 7 bells, and a chiming clock, erected to commemorate the Jubilee of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria: the lady chapel was restored in 1908 at the cost of the late C. A. R. Hoare esq.: in the Westcott chapel there is a recumbent figure of a Knight Templar: in 1875 a stained window was placed at the east end, and in 1904 a memorial window was erected in the south aisle to Mrs. Ackworth, late of Alice Holt: there are 500 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Binstead from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Binstead are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hampshire newspapers online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyIsle of Wight
RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO33
Post TownRyde