Thruxton is a civil parish in the Test Valley District of Hampshire, just off the A303 road five miles (8 km) west of Andover. It is a village with a manor house, thatched cottages and village green. Pillhill Brook runs from Thruxton Down through the grounds of the Manor House and along the village street to Mullen's Pond, a natural habitat for many species of migratory birds and wild plants.
The manor was held in 1086 by Gozelin de Cormeilles; in 1304, his descendant, John de Cormeilles, was granted the right to hold a market every Monday and a fair on the eve of the feast of St Peter and St Paul (the saints the village church is dedicated to).
Parts of the parish church of St Peter and St Paul's date from the thirteenth century and contain the tombs of three knights.
Two coffin slabs for two of the knights stand upright at the entrance in the bell tower. Made of purbeck marble, they are heavily weathered, although the great helm and shield of one is still discernible. His spear lies beside him on his right side.
Just when the de Cormeilles family parted with the manor of Thruxton and how the Lisles acquired it is unknown. Sir John Lisle and his wife are buried in the church, with Sir John commemorated with an outstanding example of an early 15th-century monumental brass.
Further generations of Lisle family were buried in the church, although by the time of Sir John Lisle in the early 1520s, space was becoming restricted. He decided to build a chapel to provide further room for future burials, including his own.
Sir John died in 1524, followed shortly by his wife, Mary. Their tomb is considered a classic of the early English Renaissance style and can be seen to the left of the altar. The effigies are made from Purbeck marble. Sir John lies with his bare head on his shield, wearing full plate armour and chain collar of linked Ss. The work was possibly by Thomas Bertie, a master mason whose work is evident in Winchester Cathedral.
The bulk of the Lisle chapel is, sadly, gone. Most of it was used to provide building material when the church tower collapsed in 1796 and had to be rebuilt.
The Lisle line of direct male heirs died out soon after Sir John and Mary, with the manorial rights passing to Agnes, married to John Philpot.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Park House from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
According to A Vision of Britain through Time Park House was absorbed into Thruxton, but no date is given, nor is it stated if Park House was the name of the manor house described above.