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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Binsted St. Nicholas|
|Poor Law union||Alton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Binsted (St. Nicholas))
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:
- 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
Villages, Hamlets, &cWeek
The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.