"SOBERTON, a parish in the lower half of Meon-Stoke hundred, county Hants, 3½ miles S.E. of Bishop's-Waltham, its post town. The village is extensive and well built. The parish includes, besides the chapelry of Newtown, the hamlet of Southend, the tything of East Hoe, and the liberties of King's Mead and Wickham Lodge. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory of Meon-Stoke, in the diocese of Winchester. The church has a square tower containing six bells. The parochial charities produce about £4 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes. H. J. B. Minchin, Esq., is lord of the manor. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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