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Hampshire, Hants, or Southampton, maritime county (including the Isle of Wight), in South of England; bounded north by Berks, east by Surrey and Sussex, south by the English Channel, and west by Wilts and Dorset; greatest length (exclusive of the Isle of Wight), north to south, 46 miles; greatest breadth, east to west, 46 miles; 1,037,764 acres, population, 593,470. (The figures of acres and population include the Isle of Wight.) Hampshire is undulating, finely wooded, and fruitful. Its coast line is very inregular, the principal indentation being Southampton Water. From Surrey and Sussex, north-east to Wilts and Berks, two ranges of chalk hills, known as the North and South Downs, traverse the county. In the west is the New Forest, and in the south-east are the Forests of Bere and Waltham Chase. The Avon, Exe, Test, Itching, and Hamble are the chief rivers. The county is noted for its agriculture, the wheat of Hampshire being especially prized. Upon the Downs are reared large flocks of the variety of sheep known as "Hampshire Downs," or "short wools." Pig breeding, and the curing of bacon, have long been large and lucrative branches of the county's industry. The mineral resources are meagre; and, except in large coast towns, such as Portsmouth and Gosport, the manufactures also are unimportant. The shipping, however, is very extensive. Hampshire (with the Isle of Wight) comprises 38 hundreds, 12 liberties, 349 parishes, with parts of 3 others..."

(From a 19th Century Gazetteer)

Also see the entry for Hampshire in the The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868).

(See also pages for the Isle of Wight)

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Church History

  • Hampshire Churches is a website prepared by John Vigar which will eventually have a photo of all Anglican places of worship in Hampshire. It will also include details of the 1851 Census of Religious Worship.

  • Isle of Wight Churches which includes a map which is clickable taking you to many of the island's churches (includes photographs, current and historical information).

  • Church Plans Online (Hampshire section), records of The Incorporated Church Building Society held at Lambeth Palace Archives. There are almost 500 records of applications for funding of building and restoration from 1818 to 1982. Detail available varies from a summary of the grant application to a plan of the church before and after the work, and sometimes an illustration of the church.

  • You may also find it worthwhile searching for churches in the GENUKI church database:


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