Place:North Baddesley, Hampshire, England

NameNorth Baddesley
Alt namesBedesleisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 124
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.967°N 1.433°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoMainsbridge Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located before 1834
Kings Somborne Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located after 1834
Hursley Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1932
Romsey and Stockbridge Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1932-1974
Test Valley District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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North Baddesley is a large village and civil parish in Hampshire. It is situated 3 mi (5 km) east of the town of Romsey and 6 mi (10 km) north of Southampton. It occupies an area of approximately 9.15 km2 (3.53 sq mi), and the UK census yielded a parish population of 12,878 in 2001. The parish is located in the valley of the River Test; a river famous for trout fishing. North Baddesley is one of the largest "villages" in the south of England. It is also in the administrative district known as the Test Valley District.

Nearby villages are Rownhams, Chandler's Ford, Ampfield, Chilworth, and Nursling.


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The most notable event in North Baddesley's past was the arrival in the 12th Century of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, later known as the Knights Hospitaller, and their acquisition of the overlordship rights in the late 14th century. The Knights Hospitaller were in Baddesley for about 400 years until 1541. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538-39 they were at odds with Henry VIII, as they still recognised the supremacy of the Roman church and were themselves suppressed. Their possessions were made forfeit to the crown.

After the departure of the Hospitallers the Manor changed hands several times. The Civil War of 1642-46 came and went without leaving any physical scars and there is no record of any significant happenings in Baddesley during this time. However, the then Lord of the Manor, Samuel Dunch was a strong parliamentarian. He was later related to the Cromwell family through the marriage of his son John in 1650 to Ann Major of Hursley Park, whose sister Dorothy was married to Richard Cromwell (son of Oliver and the "Young Pretender").

In 1767 the manor was bought by Thomas Dummer of Cranbury Park, Otterbourne, from whom it devolved to the Chamberlayne family.

Research Tips

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