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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Otterbourne St. Matthew|
|Poor Law union||Hursley|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Otterbourne from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Otterbourne (St. Matthew))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.
Online maps of Otterbourne are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hampshire newspapers online:
- 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.