Place:Titchfield, Hampshire, England

Alt namesTicefellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 125
Abshotsource: ancient settlement in parish
Catisfieldsource: village in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.85°N 1.233°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoTitchfield Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Fareham Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1932
Fareham, Hampshire, Englandurban district to which it was part transferred in 1932-1974
Curbridge, Hampshire, Englandcivil parish to which it was part transferred in 1932-1974
Fareham District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Titchfield is a village and civil parish in the Fareham District of southern Hampshire, by the River Meon. At the 2001 UK census, the population of the village was in the vicinity of 7,000.

When Titchfield became a civil parish in 1894, part of the land previously considered as part of Titchfield was separated off to create three other civil parishes based on tythings in the original ecclesiastical parish. These were Crofton, Hook near Fareham and Sarisbury.

In 1932 Titchfield was abolished as a civil parish and its area divided between Fareham Urban District and the newly formed parish of Curbridge. Since 1974 it has been part of the non-metropolitan District of Fareham.


The village has a history stretching back to the 6th century. During the medieval period, the village operated a small port and market. Near to the village are the ruins of Titchfield Abbey, a place with strong associations with Shakespeare, through his patron, the Earl of Southampton.

St. Peter’s Church, Titchfield, was established in about AD 680, making it one of the oldest used churches in England. Though only a few parts of the original structure survive, the church contains a mixture of building styles, since it was expanded and redeveloped to include additional space.

Titchfield has long been a centre for business, with the village once having a small port. There were also tanneries (some of the buildings still exist), a market, a fair, brewers, craftsmen, traders and other business people. It is recorded that Henry V before Agincourt and Charles I before his imprisonment at Carisbrooke rested in the town.

A Market Hall was built in Titchfield Square by the 3rd Earl of Southampton in the early 17th century. This was moved behind the Queen’s Head Public House in 1810. In 1801 Titchfield had a population of almost 3,000. In 1865 a gas company provided gaslight to the village and in 1894 Titchfield was given a parish council.

Research Tips

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