Place:Froxfield, Hampshire, England

TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.023°N 0.995°W
Located inHampshire, England     ( - 1932)
See alsoEast Meon, Hampshire, Englandecclesiastical parish of which it was a chapelry
East Meon Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Petersfield Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1932
Privett, Hampshire, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1932
East Hampshire District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Froxfield is now a small hamlet in the civil parish of Froxfield and Privett in the East Hampshire District of Hampshire. Froxfield was originally a chapelry in the ecclesiastical parish of East Meon. It became a separate civil parish in the middle of the 19th century. In 1894 it joined Petersfield Rural District and in 1932 was absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Privett. Since becoming part of the East Hampshire District the parish has been renamed Froxfield and Privett.

Holy Trinity Church, Privett, is a redundant Grade II* listed church in the ecclesiastical parish of Froxfield. There are photographs of St. Peter's on the Green Church in Froxfield, the church mentioned by Wilson in his Gazetteer (see below), on Wikipedia Commons.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Froxfield from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"FROXFIELD, a village and a parish in Petersfield [registration] district, Hants. The village stands 3¼ miles WNW of Petersfield town and [railway] station; is a beautiful place; and has a post office under Petersfield. The parish comprises 4,898 acres. Real property: £4,237. Population: 657. Houses: 138. The property is subdivided. Basing House, near the village, is a fine mansion. An ancient earthwork is here, and has yielded many fragments of Roman pottery. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £200. Patron: the Bishop of [Winchester]. The church was built in 1863, at a cost of £2,300; consists of nave, north aisle, and chancel; is of flint, with stone dressings; and includes some Norman work of the previous church, which was of Norman date. There are a Wesleyan chapel and an endowed school, the latter with £28 a year."

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 3, chapter on Froxfield.
  • 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