In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Petersfield like this:
Petersfield, market town, par., and township with ry. sta., Hants, 20 miles NE. of Portsmouth - par., 1820 ac., pop. 2294; township, 237 ac., pop. 1646; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Wednesday. Petersfield is an ancient town, with claim to be ranked as a prescriptive incorporation chartered by King John. The chief feature of the town is its Norman church of the 12th century. There is an endowed school or college. Fairs for cattle, sheep, and horses are held here in July and October, and there is a sheep fair in December. Petersfield returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Petersfield has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Hampshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Petersfield and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Petersfield in East Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th June 2013
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