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Compton, Hampshire

Historical Description

Compton, a parish in Hants, on the river Itchin, and about half a mile from Shawford station on the L. & S.W.R., and 2½ miles SSW of Winchester. It has a post office under Winchester, which is the money order office; telegraph office, Shawford railway station. Acreage, 2110; population, 480. A camp of observation, with a battery, was raised on Compton Down by Cromwell, preliminary to his siege of Winchester. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; value, £393 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church is partly Norman, and has a rich Norman doorway. The churchyard contains the ashes of Dr Huntingford, bishop of Hereford and warden of Winchester College, who commenced his career as curate of Compton.

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 
Ancient CountyHampshire 
Ecclesiastical parishCompton All Saints 
Ecclesiastical parishCompton St. Mary 
HundredWestbourne and Singleton 
Poor Law unionWinchester 
Poor Law unionWestbourne 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Compton from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO21
Post TownWinchester