Place:Minstead, Hampshire, England

Alt namesMintestedesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 124
Lower Cantertonsource: hamlet in parish
Upper Cantertonsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.903°N 1.609°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoNew Forest Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located before 1834
Thorngate Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located after 1834
New Forest Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
New Forest District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Minstead is a small village and civil parish in the New Forest District of Hampshire, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Lyndhurst. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's grave is under a large tree at the back of the 13th century All Saints' church.

The majority of the parish area is a complex of woodland, heathland, acid grassland, scrub and valley bog, supporting a great richness and diversity of wildlife.[2] One mile north of the village at Lower Canterton lies the Rufus Stone, said to mark the place where in 1100 King William II ("William Rufus") was killed by an arrow whilst out hunting.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Minstead. Covers the ownership of the manor from Domesday (1086) to the late 1800s.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 4, chapter on Minstead.
  • 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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