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Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire

Historical Description

Hurstbourne Priors, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands 1½ mile from Hurstboume station on the L. & S.W.R., and 2 miles WSW of Whitchurch. It has a post office under Whitchurch; money order and telegraph office, Whitchurch. Acreage of the civil parish, 3249; population, 375; of the ecclesiastical, 1407. The manor belonged to the Winchester Benedictines, passed to the family of Wallop, and belongs now to their descendant, the Earl of Ports-month. Hurstboume Park is the Earl's seat. The mansion was designed by Wyatt, looks ill as a building, but occupies a fine site in a large thickly-wooded park, and contains some good pictures and the manuscripts of Sir Isaac Newton, brought into the family by Sir Isaac's niece, Lady Lymington, and used by Sir David Brewster in his life of Newton. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of St Mary Bourne, in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £230 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church is Norman and Early English, has a low tower, and was restored in 1870.

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 parishHurstbourn-Priors St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionWhitchurch 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictBasingstoke and Deane
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRG28