"MINSTEAD, (or Minestead), a parish in the hundreds of Redbridge and Thorngate, Romsey division of the county of Hants, 2½ miles N. of Lyndhurst, its post town, and 5 W. of Redbridge railway station. The parish, which is situated in the New Forest, contains the tythings of London-Minstead, Canterton, and Cadnam, near Malwood Castle; also Stoney Cross, where William Rufus was shot. A triangular stone, about 5 feet in height, erected in 1745 by John Lord De la Warre, commemorates the place where formerly stood the oak tree from which Tyrrell's arrow glanced. The soil is clayey, but fertile. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £399 15s. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]