National Gazetteer (1868) - Boscombe
"BOSCOMBE, a parish in the hundred of Amesbury, in the county of Wilts, 4 miles to the S.E. of Amesbury, and 8 N.E. from Salisbury, its post town. It lies near the border of Hampshire, on the small river Bourne, a feeder of the Avon. The living is a rectory's in the diocese of Salisbury, of the value of £330, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a small ancient building. The parochial charities consist of the endowment of four almshouses for widows and widowers, which have an income of £24 per annum. Richard Hooker was once rector of this parish, and while here wrote a large part of his great work on "Ecclesiastical Polity"."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]