Bossington, a parish in Hants, on the river Anton, and on the Roman road from Winchester to Sarum, 1 mile from Horsebridge station on the L. & S.W.R. and 3½ miles SSW of Stockbridge, which is the post town. Acreage, 1593; population, 100. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Broughton, in the diocese of Winchester. The church is a handsome edifice, of stone and flint, in the Early English style.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Bossington St. James|
|Poor Law union||Stockbridge|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register used to date from the year 1665, but the ones currently preserved at the Hampshire Archives commence in 1763.
Church of England
St. James (parish church)
The church of St. James, which stands within the grounds of Bossington House, is a very small ivy-clad structure of flint, rebuilt in 1839, in the Early English style, and consisting of chancel, nave, north transept, south porch and a belfry over the chancel arch containing one bell: there are 50 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Bossington from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Bossington (St. James))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.
Online maps of Bossington 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.