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Kings Somborne, Hampshire

Historical Description

King's Sombourn, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands near the Roman road to Sarum, and near Horsebridge station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Stockbridge; telegraph office, Horse-bridge railway station. The parish contains the tithings of Brook and Up Sombourn. Acreage, 6756; population of civil parish, 1189; of the ecclesiastical, 1262. The manor belonged anciently to the Crown, and is still attached to the Duchy of Lancaster. A palace of John of Gaunt stood near the church, and ruins of it, overgrown with large ancient yew trees, still exist. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Little Sombourn, in the diocese of Winchester; value, £380 with residence. The church is partly Transition Norman partly Decorated English, includes — sepulchral recess with an ancient stone coffin, and has a tower, partly Early English but chiefly wooden. There are three dissenting chapels.

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 parishKing's Sombourn St. Peter and St. Paul 
HundredKings Sombourn 
Poor Law unionStockbridge 

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

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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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Brook (Kings Sombourn)

Visitations Heraldic

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