Place:Bradley, Hampshire, England

Alt namesBradley Plainsource: settlement in parish
Manor Farmsource: settlement in parish
Bradeliesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 122
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.167°N 1.1°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoOverton Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located until 1834
Bermondspit Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located after 1834
Basingstoke Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Basingstoke and Deane District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Bradley is a small village and civil parish in the Basingstoke and Deane District of Hampshire. It is two miles (3 km) away from the village of Bentworth. Its nearest railway station is at Alton, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) away, although its nearest town is New Alresford.

Bradley is a small parish containing an acreage of 975 acres (3.95 km2). The parish is well wooded, containing 149 acres (0.60 km2) of woods and plantations as compared with only 3½ acres of arable land and 9 acres (36,000 m2) of permanent grass.


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By a charter of 909 King Edward the Elder confirmed Frithstan, Bishop of Winchester in possession of Bradley, then part of the manor of Overton. By 1167 it was a separate manor and passed through many families and was inherited by Sir Bernard Brocas in 1395. Although Sir Bernard was executed at Tyburn for treason at the accession of Henry IV the land was not forfeited and remained in the Brocas family until 1621, when it was leased to Thomas Taylor for 200 years. In 1629 the manor was taken into the hands of the king for a debt of £1,001 and leased by him to Sir Kenelm Digby and Sir John Savage.

At one time, Bradley came under the large parish of Bentworth until its decline in the mid-19th century. Although today, Bradley's parish borders the parish of Bentworth.

The genealogy linking the ancestor of the American Ogden family of New Jersey with "Bradley Plain", Hampshire, appears to be a fiction devised by the genealogist who called himself Gustav d'Anjou.

Wikipedia lists the following two publications as references for the final paragraph:

  • The Ogden family in America, Elizabethtown branch, and their English ancestry; John Ogden, the Pilgrim, and his descendants, 1640-1906
  • Jack Harpster, John Ogden, The Pilgrim, 1609-1682: A Man of More Than Ordinary Mark

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 4, chapter on Bradley.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons
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