"STOKE-CHARITY, a parish in the upper division of Buddlesgate hundred, county Hants, 3 miles S.W. of Micheldever, its post town, and 7 N. of Winchester. The village is situated near the South Western railway. The inhabitants are wholly agricultural. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Winchester, value £389, in the patronage of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient, massive edifice, containing several singular monumental inscriptions. Sir William Heathcote is lord of the manor. There is a parochial school. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]