Mottisfont, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands adjacent to the river Test or Anton, 4¼ miles NW of Romsey, and has a station on the L. & S.W.R., 78 miles from London, It has a post and telegraph office under Romsey; money order office, Romsey. Acreage of the civil parish, 2790; population, 579; of the ecclesiastical, 561. The manor belonged to an ancient local priory, was given by Henry VIII. to Lord Sandys in exchange for the manor of Chelsea, passed by marriage in the beginning of the 18th century to the family of Mill. The priory probably originated in the Saxon times, is usually said to have been founded by Ralph Flambord, Prior of Christ Church, and afterwards Bishop of Durham; was made Augustinian by William de Briwere in the time of King John; and received large benefactions from Eleanor, queen of Edward I. Mottisfont Abbey, the seat of the Mill family, is a large and ancient mansion, and contains some good pictures and curious relics of embroidery at one time worn by the monks. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; value, £360 with residence. The church is ancient, with wooden belfry, and was restored in 1879. There is a Baptist chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Mottisfont St. Andrew|
|Poor Law union||Romsey|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Mottisfont from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Mottisfont (St. Andrew))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.
Online maps of Mottisfont are available from a number of sites:
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- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
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- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
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- Portsmouth Evening News
- Hampshire Telegraph
- Hampshire Advertiser
- Hampshire Chronicle
- Aldershot Military Gazette
The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.