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Havant, Hampshire

Historical Description

Havant, a small town and a parish in Hants. The town stands on Langstone harbour, and has stations on the L.B. & S.C.R. and L. & S.W.R., 66 miles from London, and a post, money order, and telegraph office. It was known at Domesday as Havehunte; consists of four streets in cruciform arrangement, and named after the cardinal points; and communicates with Hayling Island, across the Langstone Channel, by a swing bridge. There are a town-hall, a bank, and several good inns. The extensive waterworks and pumping station, the property of the Portsmouth Corporation, which supplies the whole of the town of Portsmouth with water, is at Havant. A weekly market is held on Tuesday, and fairs are held on 22 June and 17 Oct. Tanning, malting, brewing, parchment-making, and a trade in flour are carried on. Acreage of the civil parish, 2786; population, 3474; of the ecclesiastical, 3066. The manor belonged anciently to the monks of Winchester. Leigh Park: is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church contains portions of all periods from Norman to Late Perpendicular; is cruciform, with a central tower; and contains an effigies of Thomas Aylward, the secretary of William of Wykeham. A very handsome Roman Catholic church was erected in 1874-75. There is a Congregational chapel. The rectory of Redhill is a separate benefice.

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 parishHavant St. Faith 
Poor Law unionHavant 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Rowlands Castle

Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO9