Place:Wymering, Hampshire, England

Alt namesHighfieldsource: from redirect
Great Horseasource: islet, part of parish
Little Horseasource: islet, part of parish
Paulsgrovesource: islet, part of parish
Portcreeksource: islet, part of parish
Portsdownsource: islet, part of parish
Potwellsource: village in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.846°N 1.075°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoPortsdown Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Portsmouth, Hampshire, Englandcounty borough into which it was absorbed in 1920
Portsmouth District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"WYMERING, a parish in Fareham [registration] district, Hants; on the NE side of Portsmouth harbour, around Cosham [railway] station, and 4 miles N by E of Portsmouth. It contains part of Cosham village, which has a head post-office, part of Potwell village, and all Hillsea [Hilsea] hamlet, which has a post-office under Cosham; and it includes Portcreek, Paulsgrove, Portsdown, and Great Horsea and Little Horsea islets. Acres: 4,307; of which 762 are water. Real property: £5,954. Population in 1851: 751; in 1861: 1,071. Houses: 146. The property is subdivided. Artillery barracks, built in 1854, are at Hillsea [Hilsea]; and strong lines of fortification extend along the N of Portsea island, and recently were greatly strengthened. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Widley. The church was restored in 1862. There are national schools, a chapel connected with them, an Augustinian priory, a convent, and alms houses."
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Wymering is now a residential area of the City of Portsmouth in the English county of Hampshire. Unlike the majority of Portsmouth, it is located on the mainland rather than Portsea Island.

Wymering is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was a small village in rural area until it was incorporated into Portsmouth in 1920. In addition to the mediaeval church, one building from before the 20th century is Wymering Manor. The manor is the oldest building in Portsmouth.

The hamlet of Hilsea has been redirected to Portsea.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 3, chapter on Wymering.
  • A tourist map of modern Portsmouth designed for the cyclist, naming all the Portsea Island neighbourhoods is well worth an inspection.
  • 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