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Dean, Prior's

DEAN, PRIOR'S, a parish, in the union of Petersfield, hundred of Barton-Stacey, Petersfield and N. divisions of the county of Southampton, 4¾ miles (N. by W.) from Petersfield; containing 163 inhabitants. This parish comprises 1435 acres: the scenery abounds with sylvan beauty; the soil on the hills is thin and chalky, and that in the lower grounds rich and strong, producing excellent crops and luxuriant pasture. The living is a rectory, united to that of Colemore. The church, which stands in a romantic spot, contains some fine monuments to the Compton and Titchborne families. In the churchyard is a yew-tree which, with one exception, is the largest in England.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.