Hambledon (St. Peter)

HAMBLEDON (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Droxford, partly in the hundred of Meon-Stoke, but chiefly in that of Hambledon, Droxford and N. divisions of the county of Southampton, 5 miles (W. N. W.) from Horndean; containing, with the three tythings of Chidden with Glidden, Denmead, and Ervills, 2069 inhabitants, of whom 827 are in the village of Hambledon. The parish comprises 9041a. 1r. 21p., of which about 5922 acres are arable, 2263 down and pasture, and 856 wood; the northern part is chiefly open downs, and in the middle are light lands of easy cultivation, and well adapted for turnip husbandry. Windmill Down was the celebrated resort of the cricket players of Hampshire and the adjacent counties, but is now under tillage. The scenery is generally pleasing, and enlivened with gentlemen's seats. There is a market on Tuesday. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £26. 19. 2.; net income, £529; patron and appropriator, the Bishop of Winchester. The church is a handsome edifice, partly in the early and partly in the later English style. £20 per annum, arising from land, are divided among four widows. Admiral Sir Erasmus Gore, governor of Newfoundland, resided here for many years, and was buried in the church, in which is a marble monument to his memory. There are remains of four ancient chapels.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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