Bramdean (St. Simon and St. Jude)
BRAMDEAN (St. Simon and St. Jude), a parish, in the union of Alresford, hundred of Bishop's Sutton, Droxford and N. divisions of the county of Southampton, 4 miles (S. by E.) from Alresford; containing 225 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1204 acres, whereof 159 are common or waste. It is pleasantly situated, and in the village, which is irregularly built and of rural appearance, are several handsome detached residences: the surrounding scenery is picturesque; and the view of the vale of Bramdean, from the church, which is on the brow of a hill, is very beautiful. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £8. 14. 9½., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Winchester: the tithes have been commuted for £224, and there are 10½ acres of glebe. The church has recently been repaired and decorated in an appropriate style, and, from its beautiful situation, partly embowered among trees, forms an interesting feature. Near the manor-house of Woodcote is a tessellated pavement in tolerable preservation.