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Otterbourne, Hampshire

Historical Description

Otterbourne, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands in the valley of the river Itchin, 2 miles from Shawford station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 S by W of Winchester. It was known at Domesday as Otreburne, a name signifying the " bourne " or river of otters, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Winchester. The parish contains also the places called Boyatt, Fern Hill, Allbrook, and Brambridge. Acreage, 1555; population, 1092.

There is a parish council consisting of thirteen members. The manor belongs to Magdalen College, Oxford. A medal of Julius Cassar, in as good preservation as though it had been newly stamped, and ensign-relics of the Roman army were found hereabout 1740, and were thought by Dr. Milner to be considerable evidence that at least a part of Csesar's army had penetrated hither, and had here suffered a defeat by the Britons. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £210 with residence. The church was built in 1839 at a cost of £4000, and is an interesting cruciform edifice of blue brick.

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 parishOtterbourne St. Matthew 
Poor Law unionHursley 

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Land and Property

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RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO21
Post TownWinchester