"WICKHAM, a parish in the hundred of Titchfield, county Hants, 3 miles N. of Fareham, and 4 S.E. of Bishop's Waltham. The village is situated on the road from London to Gosport, near the river Meon. The parish includes part of the hamlet of Crockerhill, and the extra-parochial liberty of Wickham Forest, or Mellishes Bottom. Courts leet and baron are held annually by William Garnier, Esq., who is lord of the manor. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Winchester, value £600. The church is dedicated to St. Nicholas. The Wesleyans have a chapel, and there is a mixed National school. William of Wykeham was born here in 1324, and Dr. Joseph Warton, the poet, died rector in 1800. A fair is held on the 20th of May. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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