Hursley (All Saints)
HURSLEY (All Saints), a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Buddlesgate, Winchester and N. divisions of the county of Southampton, 4½ miles (S. W. by W.) from Winchester; containing 1520 inhabitants. The parish formed part of the ancient manor of Merdon or Merden, in the Saxon chronicles called Mrantune, and supposed to be the place where Cynewulph, King of the West Saxons, who had succeeded Sigebert on the throne, was assassinated by Ceynard, the brother of that monarch, whom he had driven into exile. The living is a vicarage, with that of Otterbourne annexed, valued in the king's books at £9, and in the gift of Sir William Heathcote, Bart.; the appropriation belongs to Winchester Cathedral. The great tithes of the parish have been commuted for £1341, and the glebe contains 161 acres; the vicarial tithes have been commuted for £260, and the glebe contains nearly two acres, with a house. At Amphield is a separate incumbency. Hursley Park was the residence of Richard Cromwell, son of the Protector; and in pulling down the old manor-house, in the early part of the last century, the seal of the Commonwealth, which Oliver Cromwell took from the parliament, was discovered in one of the walls. The poor-law union of Hursley comprises four parishes, which contain 2592 inhabitants.