In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described South Stoneham like this:
STONEHAM (South), a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Hants. The parish lies on the river Itchin and the Southwestern railway, around Portswood r. station; contains an ancient village of its own name, and the post-offices of Portswood and Bittern, under Southampton; is partly within Southampton borough; comprises five tythings; and is cut ecclesiastically into the sections of South Stoneham, Westend St. James, Portswood-Christchurch, Portswood-St. Dennis, and Bittern. Acres, 8,877. ...
Real property, £33,225. Pop. in 1851, 4,961; in 1861, 7,761. Houses, 1,528. The property is much subdivided. The head living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £500.* Patron, the Rector of Southampton-St. Mary. The church is good. The other livings are separately noticed.The sub-district contains also Botley parish, and comprises 10,764 acres. Pop., 8,621. Houses, 1,709.The district comprehends also Millbrook and St. Mary-Extra sub-districts, and comprises 30,715 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £9,173. Pop. in 1851, 15,974; in 1861, 25,542. Houses, 4,989. Marriages in 1863, 180; births, 976,-of which 30 were illegitimate; deaths, 468,-of which 148 were at ages under 5 years, and 10 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,187; births, 6,353; deaths, 3,529. The places of worship, in 1851, were 14 of the Church of England, with 5,773 sittings; 6 of Independents, with 693 s.; 2 of Baptists, with 170 s.; 3 of Wesleyans, with 644 s.; 2 of Bible Christians, with 12-s.; and 1 of Latter Day Saints, with 18 s. The schools were 17 public day-schools, with 1,635 scholars; 35 private day schools, with 587 s.; 24 Sunday schools, with 1,882 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 15 s. The workhouse is in Shamblehurst tything.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of South Stoneham, in Eastleigh and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th July 2014
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