"CATHERINGTON, a parish and large village in the upper division of the hundred of Finch-Dean, Petersfield division of the county of Southampton, 1 mile to the N.W. of Horndean, its post town, 6 miles to the S. of Petersfield; and 10 N. of Portsmouth. It is the seat of a Poor-law Union. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Winchester, value £280, in the patronage of G. Pritchard, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Catherine, is an ancient structure with a square tower. It contains a monument of the Hyde family, and in the churchyard is one to the memory of Mrs. Kean, wife of the celebrated tragedian, Edmund Kean. There is an endowed free school, founded in 1695 by William Appleford, the income of which is about £15 per annum; also a National school for boys and one fox girls-the latter has a small endowment. Sir J. C. Jervoise, Bart., is lord of the manor. The chief seat is Hinton House, formerly the residence of the Hydes, earls of Clarendon. It was here that the marriage of James II., when Duke of York, with Anne Hyde, is said to have taken place. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]