Empshot (Holy Rood)
EMPSHOT (Holy Rood), a parish, in the union of Petersfield, hundred of Selborne, Alton and N. divisions of the county of Southampton, 5 miles (N.) from Petersfield; containing 148 inhabitants. It comprises 700 acres, of which the surface is hilly: stone of good quality for building is obtained in abundance. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £5. 16. 5½., and in the patronage of J. Eldridge, Esq.; impropriators, the landowners: the tithes have been commuted for £89. 18., and there is a glebe of 9 acres. The church is in the early English style, and consists of a nave and aisles, separated by handsome pillars and richly-moulded arches; the chancel is divided from the nave by a beautiful arch of a similar character and a screen of carved oak.
Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.