Easton (St. Mary)
EASTON (St. Mary), a parish, on the south bank of the river Itchen, in the union of Winchester, hundred of Fawley, Winchester and N. divisions of the county of Southampton, 2¾ miles (N. E. by N.) from Winchester; containing 505 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £26. 6. 8.: it is described in Domesday book as part of the possessions of the Bishop of Winchester, who is still patron, and who possesses a farm in the parish. The tithes have been commuted for £620, and the glebe contains nearly 5 acres. The church is ancient, and worthy of notice from the apse of its chancel, specimens of the horseshoe arch, and an ornamental Norman doorway: its windows were originally the narrow ones of the crypts of Normandy, but, with one exception, they have been replaced by others, or much altered. The parsonage, previous to the Reformation, was the residence of the monks of Hyde Abbey, Winchester; most of the original building still remains, though much modernised. The churchwardens are in receipt of the proceeds of some land, but by whom left is unknown.