Boarhunt, a parish in Hants, on the N slope of Portsdown Hill, 2 miles NE of Fareham station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town Fareham, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 2535; population of the; civil parish, 333; of the ecclesiastical, including Southwick, 927. North Boarhunt, 2 miles from the church inland, is where the greater part of the population live, and carry on the business of strawberry growing, &c. Portsdown Hill has an altitude of 447 feet, commands brilliant views, and is crowned by an obelisk to the memory of Lord Nelson. The living is a peculiar donative, with Southwick, in the diocese of Winchester. The church is Transition Norman, or possibly Saxon, but has been restored. Fort Nelson is an extensive fort, and will hold very large and heavy guns; it forms one of the hill defences of Portsmouth harbour. There is a small Wesleyan chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Fareham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1682, and is currently preserved at the Hampshire Archives.
Church of England
St. Nicholas (parish church)
The church of St. Nicholas, originally built before the Conquest, is a building of flint and rubble, now chiefly in the Early English style, and consisting of chancel and nave, and small belfry containing one bell; there is a peculiarly interesting Saxon window in the chancel, obscured on the inside by a fine 15th century tomb to the Henslowe family: the font is also of reputed Saxon date: there are 100 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Boarhunt from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Boarhunt)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.
Online maps of Boarhunt 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.