Bighton (All Saints)
BIGHTON (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Alresford, hundred of Bishop's-Sutton, Alton and N. divisions of the county of Southampton, 2½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Alresford; containing 284 inhabitants. The parish comprises 2040 acres, and is pleasantly situated; numerous springs afford an abundant supply of pure water, and one of the tributaries of the river Itchen has its source here. The soil is a light loam, resting on chalk, in which flints are imbedded, and of which great quantities are collected and sent to Alresford and other places in the neighbourhood for repairing roads. The woods, of which there are about 350 acres, contain some fine specimens of beech, oak, and other timber. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £19. 8. 1½., and in the gift of J. T. Maine, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £400, and the glebe comprises 25 acres, with a residence. The church, a venerable and handsome structure in the early English style, having become dilapidated, has been restored and repewed at an expense of £500.