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Botley, Hampshire

Historical Description

Botley, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands on the river Hamble, and has a station on the L. & S.W.R., 79 miles from London, and 4 SW of Bishops-Waltham. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office (S.O.) A considerable trade is done in flour and timber; a fortnightly market is held on Monday. The parish comprises 2095 acres of land and 40 of foreshore and water; population of the civil parish, 1114; of the ecclesiastical, 819. Botley Grange and Botley Hill are chief residences. A farm here was held by the political writer William Cobbett. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £265 with residence. The church was built in 1835, enlarged in 1859, and again in 1892. There is a Congregational chapel.

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 parishBotley All Saints 
Poor Law unionSouth Stoneham 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1679, and is currently preserved at the Hampshire Archives.


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints, consecrated in 1836, is a building of white brick in the Early English style, consisting of chancel (added in 1859), nave, aisle, built in 1892, west porch, built in 1895, and a western tower, containing 3 bells and a clock which was once the property of the celebrated William Cobbett. The font was dug up during the 18th century from the mud on the river banks: there is also a tomb with recumbent figure of John de Batley, brought from the old church, which stood a mile from the village, and part of the nave still remains. The present church contains five stained windows, of which the east and west, as well as the reredos, were given by Canon and Mrs. Lee; the others are memorials to members of the Warner family and to Mrs. Philip Chenevix-Trench: the church was reseated in 1903, at a cost of about £350, as a memorial to the Rev. Canon J. M. Lee, rector here, 1855-1903: there are 400 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 Botley 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 Botley 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:

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO30
Post TownSouthampton