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Wherwell, Hampshire

Historical Description

Wherwell, a village and a parish in Hants. The village has a station on the L. & S.W.R., 67 miles from London and 3½ SSE of Andover, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Andover. The parish contains Fullerton and Westover tithings, and comprises 3634 acres; population, 583. There is a parish council consisting of ten members. A Benedictine nunnery was founded here by Elfrida, the widow of King Edgar; was given at the dissolution to the first Lord Delawarr, and passed to the Iremongers. A large sheep fair is held yearly on 24 Sept. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, 265 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1859, and is a handsome building of flint and stone in the Early English style, containing numerous memorials to the Iremonger family. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishWherwell Holy Cross 
Poor Law unionAndover 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictTest Valley
RegionSouth East
Postal districtSP11
Post TownAndover