Place:Fareham, Hampshire, England

Alt namesFernhamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 123
Catisfieldsource: village in parish
Wallingtonsource: village in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates50.85°N 1.167°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoFareham Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Fareham District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Fareham is a market town at the northwest tip of Portsmouth Harbour, between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton in the southeast of Hampshire, England. It gives its name to the Fareham Borough that comprises the town and its surrounding area.

It was historically an important manufacturer of bricks (notably used to build the Royal Albert Hall, London) and a grower of strawberries. Current employment includes retail (including a shopping centre with around 100 shops), small-scale manufacturing, and defence (with the Royal Navy's HMS Collingwood and the Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory nearby).

Neither Wikipedia nor A Vision of Britain through Time state when Fareham was made an urban district. However, in 1932, its area was significantly expanded when the civil parishes of Crofton, Hook, Portchester, Sarisbury, and Titchfield were all abolished and their lands transferred to Fareham. The town had a population of over 42,000 at the 2011 UK census.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Fareham.

Research Tips

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