Hartford-Bridge

HARTFORD-BRIDGE, a hamlet, partly in the parish of Elvetham, and partly in that of Hartley-Wintney, union of Hartley-Wintney, hundred of Odiham, Odiham and N. divisions of the county of Southampton, 9 miles (E. N. E.) from Basingstoke. It is situated not far distant from the South-Western railway, and derives some importance from its position on the great western road. A Cistercian nunnery was founded here about the time of the Conquest, according to some authorities, by Jeffrey, son of Peter, and to others, by Roger Coltreth and his son Thomas, for a prioress and 17 sisters, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalene; its revenue at the Dissolution was £43. 3., and the site was granted to Richard Hill, serjeant of the cellar to Henry VIII.

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

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