"BROUGHTON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Thorngate, Romsey division of the county of Southampton, 3 miles to the W. of Stockbridge, its post town. It lies near the Roman road from Winchester to Salisbury, and is thought by some to have been the site of the station Brigae. The parish contains the tything of Frenchmoor, and the chapelry of Pittleworth. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Winchester, of the value with the perpetual curacy of Bossington attached, of £748, in the patronage of H. Lee, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There are chapels belonging to the Independents, Wesleyans, and Baptists, and a free school endowed in 1601 by Thomas Dowse, the income of which is about £70 per annum. There are some other charitable endowments, the annual value of which is about £40 a year. A pleasure fair is held in the village on the first Monday in June. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]