Longparish (VB093) is a large parish consisting of the hamlets of East Aston, Longparish, Middleton and Forton located along the B3048 on the north-west bank of the River Test. Whitchurch is 3 miles to the north-east. About half of the parish is farmed with extensive woodland areas, mainly Harewood Forest, in the west. Considerable use has been made of the River Test over the years with many water mills, two of which were recorded in the Domesday Book. The parish was originally known as Middleton because of its location in the middle of the settlements along the valley. The VIDLER family was one of the ancient parish families with other local families being KEELE, WEBB and WATTS.
This twelve page booklet includes a great deal of historical information covering Longparish including not only the gentry but also the teachers, publicans and ordinary people. To assist with your research, useful references for Longparish documents and records held at the Hampshire Record Office are given throughout, together with other sources and website addresses for more information.
RIP Private Herbert Frank French
Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]
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Bigamy in 1820
The Hampshire Chronicle printed on 5th June 1820 carried a brief article on page 4 referring to three prisoners who had been committed to the County Gaol. One of the prisoners had been accused of bigamy but whereas most bigamists were men this was a woman.
Kingston Cemetery CD
KINGSTON CEMETERY CD HGS are very pleased to announce that a new CD is now available to buy for Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth. The CD costs £10.00 and is available from our Research Centre in Cosham. It can be purchased in person, by post, through the sales section of our website or through our Bookstall.
RIP Gunner William Talmage
RIP Gunner William Talmage William TALMAGE was born in 1884 in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and married Ellen Maria KNIGHT in Medstead in 1910. They had a butcher’s business in West Horsley, Surrey, but when the First World War started William was one of the many who volunteered and joined the Army.