Place:Hampreston, Dorset, England

Alt namesHamasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 94
Hamesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 94
Longhamsource: settlement in parish
Stapehillsource: settlement in parish
Trickett's Crosssource: settlement in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.783°N 1.917°W
Located inDorset, England     ( - 1972)
Also located inHampshire, England     (1860 - )
See alsoWestover Liberty, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Ferndown, Dorset, Englandname taken by the parish after 1972
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Before 1972 Hampreston was a civil parish immediately north of Poole in Dorset, England. The parish included the communities of Ferndown (a fair-sized town), Hampreston, Longham, Stapehill and Trickett's Cross. Since 1972 the civil parish has been renamed Ferndown and is located in the District of East Dorset.

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

"HAMPRESTON, a parish in the [registration] district of Wimborne, and counties of Dorset and Hants; on the river Stour, near the Southampton and Dorchester railway, 3¼ miles ESE of Wimborne Minster. It includes the hamlet of Longham, which has a post office under Wimborne. Acres: 4,948. Real property: £,260. Population [of the Hampshire portion?]: 341. Houses: 295. Population of the Dorset portion: 1,115. Houses: 246. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to Ainlfus, the Conqueror's chamberlain. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value: £282. Patrons, the Rev. H. T. Glyn and others. The church is early and later English; and was enlarged in the early part of the present century. There are two dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic convent, two national schools, and charities £50."

The A Vision of Britain through Time database states that Hampreston was wholly in Dorset after 1860.

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
  • Further tips on Dorset to be added