Place:Emsworth, Hampshire, England

TypeChapelry, Town
Coordinates50.85°N 0.933°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoWarblington, Hampshire, Englandancient and civil parish of which it was part until 1932
Havant and Waterloo, Hampshire, Englandurban district to which Warblington was transferred on its abolition in 1932.
Havant District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Emsworth is a now a small town in Hampshire, England on the south coast of England, near the border of West Sussex. It lies at the north end of an arm of Chichester Harbour, a large and shallow inlet from the English Channel.

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

"EMSWORTH, a village and a chapelry in Warblington parish, Hants. The village stands on the Emsworth channel of Chichester harbour, adjacent to the South Coast railway, and to the boundary with Sussex, opposite Thorney island, 2 miles ESE of Havant; has a station on the railway with telegraph, a head post office, and fairs on Easter Monday and 18 July; is a sub-port to Chichester; carries on a noted fishery of oysters, which abound in Emsworth channel; and has some trade in coasting-commerce, ship-building, rope-making, and bri-making. A fine silt abounds in the adjacent waters, and is mixed with clay for bricks; very large fig-trees flourish in the gardens; and a swan was caught here, in 1739, with the Danish arms on a collar. The chapelry includes the village, and was constituted in 1841. Population: 1,655. Houses: 365. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £300. Patron: the Rector of Warblington. The church was built in 1840, and twice enlarged. There are chapels for Independents and Baptists. Works were in progress, in 1865, for reclaiming 2,000 acres of foreshore.

As stated above Emsworth was a chapelry of the ancient parish of Warblington. Although the population grew to about 2,000 by 1900 and is over 9,000 today, it was never made a civil parish, but remained as part of Warblington and Havant and Waterloo Urban District which they both joined in 1932. Since 1974 it has been part of the Havant District.

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Research Tips

  • 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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