In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hurstbourne Priors like this:
HURSTBOURNE-PRIORS, a village and a parish in Whitchurch district, Hants. The village stands near the Southwestern railway, 2 miles WSW of Whitchurch; and has a post office under Mitcheldever-Station. The parish comprises 3, 132 acres. Real property, £3, 553. Pop., 437. Houses, 87. The manor belonged to the Winchester Benedictines; passed to the family of Wallop; and belongs now to their descendant, the Earl of Portsmouth. Hurstbourne Park is the Earl's seat. The mansion was designed by Wyatt; looks ill as a building, but occupies a fine site, in a large thickly wooded park; and contains some good pictures, and the manuscripts of Sir Isaac Newton, brought into the family by Sir Isaac's niece, Lady Lymington, and used by Sir David Brewster in his life of Newton. ...
There is a paper mill. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of St. Mary-Bourne, in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £202. * Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church is Norman and early English; has a low tower; and was recently restored.
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 Hurstbourne Priors has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Basingstoke and Deane. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Hurstbourne Priors and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hurstbourne Priors, in Basingstoke and Deane and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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