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Old Alresford, Hampshire

Historical Description

Alresford, Old, a parish in Hants, adjoining the W side of Alresford parish. Post town, New Alresford. Acreage, 3671; population of the civil parish, 469; of the ecclesiastical, 482. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; value, £580. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church was built in 1753, but has an ancient tower. There are some almshouses and a home for the orphans of Primitive Methodists.

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 parishAlresford St. Mary 
Poor Law unionAlresford 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1556.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, rebuilt in 1753, is a structure of bricks and flint, consisting of chancel, nave, transept and a tall massive Western tower, containing a clock and 6 bells: there is a monument to Jane (Compton), d. 1757, 1st wife of Admiral Lord Rodney, who died in 1792 and was buried here: the church has about 250 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Old Alresford from the following:


There was a Home for the orphans and fatherless children of Primitive Methodists and others who were eligible for admission between the ages of five and ten years, and remained in the institution, boys till 14 and girls till 16 years of age, when situations were obtained for them.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.


Online maps of Old Alresford are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hampshire newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO24
Post TownAlresford