"EWHURST, a parish in the hundred of Kingsclere, lower half of county Hants, 2 miles S.E. of Kingsclere, and 6 N.W. of Basingstoke, its post town and railway station on the South-Western line. The surface is undulating, and in parts rises into hills of considerable elevation. The soil in the low-lands is clay, but in the higher grounds is of a sandy character. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester, value £104. The church was rebuilt in 1838. On Churl Common is a large camp called Holmbury, supposed to be of Roman origin. The Duke of Wellington is lord of the manor. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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