The Barfoot Family The Bishop's Waltham Area

Using the IGI, the five parishes in Hampshire with the highest number of Barfoot baptisms are: Bishop's Waltham (155), Botley (51), Portsea, St Mary's (25), South Stoneham (25) and Droxford (16). All of these parishes are in a fairly small area, and if Portsea, St Mary's is excluded, the parishes form a contiguous block. (It is worth noting that the baptisms in Portsea, with a single exception, do not start until into the 19th century, whilst the baptisms in the other four parishes start considerably earlier.)

Of course, using the IGI in this way is fairly dubious - some parishes have many more people in them than others, and so more Barfoots would be expected, also many parishes are not covered by the IGI and it is quite possible that one of these may have had a large number of Barfoots. Nevertheless it seems possible that these Barfoots are all from one area.

The Barfoots in Botley and in South Stoneham both appeared in the 1730s and 1740s with two brothers, Thomas and James Barfoot, grandsons of an Edward Barfoot, living in the tithing of Curdridge (in the south-west extreme of the parishof Bishop's Waltham) in the 1650s.

During the 19th century, a number of Barfoot families were living in the the newly created parish of Hedge End (formed from part of Botley and South Stoneham).


The ancient parishes boundaries in the Bishop's Waltham area.

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Note: This area is covered by sheets 185 and 196 in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series of maps. Sadly however, these do not mark parish boundaries.

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