"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.
The living is a rectory* with the curacy of Lyndhurst annexed, in the diocese of Winchester, value £355. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient structure with a tower containing three bells. The interior of the church contains tablets of the sons of William R. Preston, Esq., who died in the Crimean war. The parochial charities produce about £45 per annum, of which £15 goes to a school. There is a National school. H. C. Compton, Esq., is lord of the manor. The place was visited by George III. and his queen in June, 1789. "CADNAM, a tything in the parish of Minstead, hundred of Redbridge, in the county of Southampton, 4 miles to the N. of Lyndhurst. The Wesleyans have a chapel here. "CANTERTON, a tything in the parish of Minstead, hundred of Redbridge, in the county of Southampton, 8 miles to the S.W. of Romsey. "FRITHAM, a tything united with Canterton, in the parish of Minstead, county Hants, 7 miles E. of Fordingbridge. "MALWOOD CASTLE, in the parish of Minstead, in the New Forest, county Hants, 10 miles W. of Southampton. It is situated near Stoney Cross, where William II. was accidentally shot by Tyrrel whilst hunting."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]