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Bishop's Waltham

BISHOP'S WALTHAM is a small town, the head of a county court district and the terminus of a short line from Botley junction on the London and South Western railway, and is 82 miles from London, 12 north of Gosport, 10 south-south-east from Winchester and 8 north from Fareham, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Bishop's Sutton, Droxford petty sessional division and union, rural deanery of Bishop's Waltham and archdeaconry and diocese of Winchester.

The church of St. Peter is an ancient edifice of stone and flint, in the Perpendicular style consisting of chancel, nave and north and south aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with a round turret and containing a clock and 6 bells, completely renovated in 1901 at a cost of 328 as a memorial to Her late Majesty Queen Victoria: Dr Ward, one of the translators of the Bible in the reign of James I is buried in the chancel; he was tutor to Bishop Andrews, and rector of Bishop's Waltham: in 1849 the west end of the nave was completely rebuilt, at a cost of 284; in 1868 the church was restored at a cost of 1,304, and in 1897 a more complete restoration was carried out at a cost of 2,600; there are sittings for 700 persons, those in the nave being free. The register dates from the year 1612.

The area is 5,137 acres of land and 14 of water; assesable value, 9,404; the population in 1901 was 2,309.

Ashton, 1 mile north ... and West Hoe, three-quarters of a mile south-east, are tithings; Dean, 1 mile north, and Dundridge, 1 mile north-east, are hamlets.

Extract from Kelly's directory of Hampshire, 1907.

Baptisms and marriages in this parish are included in the I.G.I..

Grid reference: SU5517


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