Rockbourne, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands near the boundary with Wiltshire, 3¼ miles NW of Fordingbridge station on the L. & S.W.R., and 8 S by W of Salisbury. It has a post and money order office under Salisbury; telegraph office, Fordingbridge. The parish contains also the hamlet of Brickhill and part of Sandhill Heath. Acreage, 3924; population of the civil parish, 446; of the ecclesiastical, 415. The manor belongs to the Earl of Shaftesbury. The Manor House was the birthplace of the first Lord Shaftesbury, and is now partly destroyed and partly a farmhouse. West Park is the seat of the Coote family. A pillar on high ground commemorates the victories of Sir Eyre Coote. The living is a donative in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £420 with residence. The church, except the chancel, which was rebuilt in 1830, is an ancient building of 13th-century date, and contains monuments of the Cootes. It was restored in 1893 at a cost of about £2000. There is a Baptist chapel. A village club with reading-room was opened in 1885.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Rockburne St. Andrew|
|Poor Law union||Fordingbridge|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Rockbourne from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Rockburne (St. Andrew))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.
Online maps of Rockbourne are available from a number of sites:
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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
Villages, Hamlets, &cBrickhill
The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.