Blendworth, a parish in Hants, on the border of Bere Forest, 3 miles NW of Rowlands Castle railway station on the L. & S.W.R., and 7 SSW of Petersfield. Horndean is the post town. Acreage, 2334; population, 291. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £186 with residence. The church is a handsome edifice, in the Decorated style, with lofty tower and spire.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Blendworth St. Giles|
|Poor Law union||Catherington|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1586, and is currently preserved at the Hampshire Archives.
Church of England
Holy Trinity (parish church)
Trinity church, erected in 1851, at a cost of £2,300, is a building of stone in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and a western turret with spire containing one bell; there are memorial windows to Dorothea, Lady Seymour, Sir Michael Seymour, Horatio Harbord Morant, and Lieut. Arthur Cole Williams: the finely carved alabaster font was presented in 1893 by Mrs. Long, of Blendworth Lodge, in memory of her husband, Admiral Long: in 1892 new choir stalls of carved oak were provided: in 1902 a carved oak altar table was presented in memory of the Rev. R. W. Margesson B.A. rector, 1881-1902, and in 1904 a choir vestry was added: there are 200 sittings: the old church is now used as a mortuary chapel.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Blendworth from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Blendworth (St. Giles))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.
Online maps of Blendworth 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.