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Minstead, Hampshire

Historical Description

Minstead, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands 2½ miles N by W of Lyndhurst, and 4 from Lyndhurst Road station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. The parish includes the tithings of Minstead, London Minstead, Cadnam, Canterton, and Fritham, and part of Emery Down; also the whole of Bolderwood Walk and the greater part of Castle Malwood Walk. Acreage, 10,246; population of the civil parish, 868; of the ecclesiastical, 2281. Minstead Manor is the chief residence. A triangular stone, near Stoney Cross, marks the site of the tree from which the arrow glanced that killed William Rufus. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Lyndhurst, in the diocese of Winchester; value, £175 with residence. The church appears to be of the 13th century, but has been much mutilated.

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 parishMinstead All Saints 
HundredNew Forest 
Poor Law unionNew Forest 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictNew Forest
RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO43
Post TownLyndhurst