Place:Thruxton, Hampshire, England

Alt namesPark Housesource: from redirect
Annesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 125
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.2°N 1.583°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoAndover Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located before 1834
Pastrow Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located from 1834
Test Valley District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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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.


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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.

Park House

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:

"PARK HOUSE, an extra-parochial tract in Andover district, Hants; 9½ miles W of Andover. Population: 7. House: 1."

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.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 4, chapter on Thruxton.
  • 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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