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Crux Easton, Hampshire

Historical Description

Crux-Easton, a parish in Hants, 5½ miles NNW of Whitchurch station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R., 3½ miles from North Litchfield station on the G.W.R., which is the telegraph office, and 7 WSW of Kingsclere. Post town, Whitchurch; money order office, Hurstbourne Tarrant. Acreage, 1121; population, 76. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; value, £158 with residence. This parish was at the extreme north-east boundary of the New Forest, and was given by William the Conqueror to his huntsman Croke or Croch. From him it derived its name, Croke's East-Town, now softened into Crooke's-Easton. The spelling " Crux " is quite modern. Croke built a Norman church, the remains of which are scattered about the rectory premises, and consist of many carved stones bearing the Norman zigzag and other characteristics of the Norman period. This church was pulled down by Mrs de Lisle, the owner of the parish, about the year 1760. She had 20 children, and her nine maiden daughters built a grotto in the wood, still called Grotto Copse. They were frequently visited by Pope, and he immortalized the grotto in the following lines :- " Here shunning idleness at once and praise, This radiant pile nine rural sisters raise; The glittering emblem of each spotless dame, Pure as her soul and shining as her fame:- Beauty which nature only can impart, And such a polish as disgraces art; But fate disposed them in this humble sort, And hid in deserts what would charm a court."

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 parishCrux-Easton St. Michael 
Poor Law unionKingsclere 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictBasingstoke and Deane
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRG20
Post TownNewbury