"PLAITFORD, a parish in the hundred of Alderbury, county Wilts, 6 miles W. of Romsey, its post town, and 11 S.E. of Salisbury. The village, which is small and straggling, is situated near the northern frontier of the New Forest, on the road from Salisbury to Southampton. It is wholly agricultural. The land is partly in common and heath. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £170, and there are 4 acres of glebe. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the rectory of West Grimstead, in the diocese of Sarum. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a National school. A little to the N.W. of the church is a square enclosure moated round, where a monastery is said to have stood."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]