Petersfield Genealogical Records

Petersfield Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

Birth Notices from The Times (1983-2003)

An index to over 100,000 birth and christening notices from The London Times.

London Clandestine Marriages & Baptisms (1667-1754)

Registers of clandestine marriages and baptisms from the Fleet Prison, King's Bench Prison, the Mint and the May Fair Chapel. These events were recorded to avoid church regulations. Although the majority of records related to people in the London area, they cover people from throughout Britain and in some cases abroad.

Petersfield Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2005)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Diocese of Winchester Marriage Licences (1597-1921)

Images of original marriage licences from the Diocese of Winchester, searchable by a name index. These records can provide details not listed in marriage registers, such as age, parents and occupations. They can also act as a substitute in the case of missing marriage registers.

Winchester Diocese Marriage Allegation A-L (1689-1837)

Brief details extracted from allegations to marry by licence in the Diocese of Winchester. Can contain more detail than parish records, including details such as age, occupation and parents' names.

Winchester Diocese Marriage Allegation M-Y (1689-1837)

Brief details extracted from allegations to marry by licence in the Diocese of Winchester. Can contain more detail than parish records, including details such as age, occupation and parents' names.

Winchester Diocese Marriage Licences (1607-1680)

Brief details extracted from allegations to marry by licence in the Diocese of Winchester. Can contain more detail than parish records, including details such as age, occupation and parents' names.

Petersfield Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Dorset & Hampshire Quaker Burials (1776-1837)

An index to burials recorded at Quaker meetings. The records contain the name of the deceased, the date they were buried and their age.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

FreeBMD Deaths (1837-1964)

An index to deaths registered at the central authority for England and Wales. To 1866, only the locality the death was registered in was listed. Age was listed until 1969, when the deceased's date of birth was listed. Provides a reference to order a death certificate, which has further details.

British Army Death Index (1796-2005)

An index to deaths of British Army personal at home and abroad.

Petersfield Church Records

Hampshire Church Photographs & Stats (1851-Present)

Photographs of parish churches in Hampshire, with architectural details and extracts from the 1851 ecclesiastical census.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

British Church Albums (1990-Present)

Photographs of churches of all denominations throughout England and part of Wales.

Hampshire Church Photographs (1980-Present)

Low resolution photographs of Hampshire churches.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at England. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Petersfield Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

The Hampshire Hearth Tax Assessment (1665)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Petersfield Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Bishop's Commissary of Winchester Wills & Probate (1507-1858)

A searchable index connected to images surviving wills and probate documents for the Commissary Court of Bishop of Winchester. These records can help trace families back to the late 15th century.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1619)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Petersfield

Portsmouth Evening News (1878-1904)

A local paper including news from the Portsmouth area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Western Gazette (1863-1950)

A regional newspaper covering the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire Hampshire and Berkshire. It covers local and national news, family announcements, business news, legal proceedings and more.

Hampshire Advertiser (1830-1900)

A regional newspaper including news from the Hampshire district, business notices, family announcements, legal & governmental proceedings, advertisements and more.

Hampshire Telegraph (1799-1900)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering regional news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Hampshire area.

Hampshire Chronicle (1772-1830)

Regional news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other regional information from the Hampshire district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

Petersfield Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Petersfield Cemeteries

Hampshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Hampshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribe memorials of those connected with the nautical occupations.

Rail & Canal Photographs Catalog (1880-1970)

A searchable database of photographs relating to railways and canals in Britain.

Petersfield Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory Hampshire and Isle of Wight (1927)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Hampshire (1920)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Hampshire & Isle of Wight (1911)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Hampshire (1902)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Kelly's Directory of Hampshire (1899)

A directory of settlements in Hampshire detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Central Criminal Court After-trial Calendars (1855-1931)

Over 175,000 records detailing prisoner's alleged offences and the outcome of their trial. Contains genealogical information.

Prison Hulk Registers (1802-1849)

From the late 18th century many prisoners in Britain were kept on decommissioned ships known as hulks. This collection contains nearly 50 years of registers for various ships. Details given include: prisoner's name, date received, age, year of birth and conviction details.

England & Wales Criminal Registers (1791-1892)

This collection lists brief details on 1.55 million criminal cases in England and Wales between 1791 and 1892. Its primary use is to locate specific legal records, which may give further details on the crime and the accused. Details may include the accused's age, nature of crime, location of trial and sentence. Early records can contain a place of birth.

Petersfield Taxation Records

The Hampshire Hearth Tax Assessment (1665)

A transcription of records naming those who had taxes levied against them for the privilege of owning a hearth.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Petersfield Land & Property Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Return of Owners of Land England (1873)

A list of landowners in England giving their primary residence, extent of their land and estimated yearly rental.

Petersfield Occupation & Business Records

Smuggling on the South Coast (1700-1867)

An introduction to smuggling in Dorset & Hampshire.

Hampshire Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Hampshire pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Lost Pubs of Hampshire (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

UK Medical Registers (1859-1959)

Books listing doctors who were licensed to operate in Britain and abroad. Contains doctor's residencies, qualification and date of registration.

Petersfield School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Petersfield

Victoria County History: Hampshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Pedigrees of Hampshire Families (1066-1833)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Hampshire's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Petersfield Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Hampshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Pedigrees of Hampshire Families (1066-1833)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Hampshire's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

Hampshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Hampshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Petersfield Military Records

Hampshire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Hampshire, with some service details.

Hampshire WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Hampshire, with some service details.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls (1914-1920)

Index and original images of over 5 million medal index cards for British soldiers It can be searched by individual's name, Coprs, Unit and Regiment. Due to the loss of many WWI service records, this is the most complete source for British WWI soldiers

Petersfield Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Petersfield Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Hampshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Hampshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Hampshire.

Hampshire Church Photographs & Stats (1851-Present)

Photographs of parish churches in Hampshire, with architectural details and extracts from the 1851 ecclesiastical census.

Hampshire Windmills (1998-Present)

An index of windmills in the county, with brief notes and some photographs.

British Church Albums (1990-Present)

Photographs of churches of all denominations throughout England and part of Wales.

Biographical Directories Covering Petersfield

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Petersfield Maps

Maps of Hampshire (1595-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Maps of England (1360-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the country.

Petersfield Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Petersfield Information

Ecclesiastical Juristiction:

  • Canterbury province
    • Portsmouth diocese
      • Portsmouth archdeaconry
        • Petersfield deanery
    • Places in Petersfield: 
    • Sheet

    Historical Description

    Petersfield is a large and populous town, upon the great road from London to Portsmouth, is situated in the midst of a country that used to abound in oak timber.

    It is a place of great antiquity, and was incorporated by Queen Elizabeth. It is governed by a mayor, assisted by the principal inhabitants.

    This borough first sent representatives to parliament, 35 Edward I. but made no other return until the reign of Edward VI. The right of Election being in the freeholders of lands, or ancient dwelling-houses, or shambles, built upon ancient foundations, within the borough, all belonging to one proprietor; the nomination of the members is solely in this person.

    Petersfield is a chapelry to Buriton, a small village about four miles to the south. Near the chapel is an equestrian statue of William III. standing on a lofty pedestal, erected by the late William Joliffe, Esq. who was proprietor of the borough.

    The number of houses in this parish, is 212; that of the inhabitants 1,280.

    Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

    PETERSFIELD is a market and union town, the head of a petty sessional division and county court district, on the old Road from London to Portsmouth, with a station on the London and South Western railway, from which there is a branch, to Midhurst, and is 17 miles north-east from Portsmouth, 12 south from Alton, 18 from Winchester, 10 from Midhurst, 27 from Southampton and 52 from London, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Finch Dean and in the rural deanery of Petersfield, and archdeaconry and diocese of Winchester. The enlargement of the parish of Petersfield took place in 1894, under the provisions of the” Local Government Act, 1894” taking in portions of the parishes of Sheet and Buriton formerly included in the Local Board District, and also the whole of the tithings of Lower Weston and Lower Nursted, previously part of the Ecclesiastical parish of Petersfield, but in the civil parish of Buriton, including that part of the Heath described originally as in the parish of Buriton. Under the provisions of the “Local Government Act, 1894 (56 & 57 Vict. ch. 73),” the town is now governed by an Urban District Council of nine members, which takes the place of a Local Board, established 1893. The town returned one member to Parliament until the representation was merged into that of the county by the “Redistribution of Seats Act, 1885,” (48 and 49 Vict. c. 23). The town was drained in 1885, at a cost of between £5,000 and £6,000, and a water supply brought from the adjoining parish of Sheet by sinking into the Hythe bed to a depth of 200 feet; there are two reservoirs, holding 190,000 and 170,000 gallons respectively. The town is lighted with gas from works in the Mint. The church of St. Peter is an ancient edifice in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, north porch, organ chamber, and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 8 bells: the fine chancel arch is an example of the best period of the Norman style: three windows are Early English: there are several monuments to the Joliffe family, now in the tower: and memorial windows to the late Bishop Wilberforce, d. 19 July, 1873, to Mary, wife of the Rev. John Maunoir Sumner M.A. late rector, 1845—86, and to Mr. Cross, for 40 years surgeon of this town: the church was restored and reseated in 1874 at a cost of £6,000, and affords sittings for 720 persons. The register dates from the year 1558. The living was formerly annexed to the rectory of Buriton, but by an Order in Council gazetted August 13, 1886, it was separated, and with the district of Sheet and the tithings of Lower Weston and Lower Nursted constituted a separate benefice, net yearly value £130, in the gift of the Bishop of Winchester, and held since 1886 by the Rev. Francis Jervoise Causton M.A. of University College, Oxford, and surrogate. The Catholic mission church, erected in 1890 and dedicated to St. Lawrence, was opened in 1891 and is an edifice of red brick, in the Italian style; attached is a residence for the priest. The church is served by monks of the English Benedictine Order. The Rev. Thomas Anselm Burge O.S.B, is priest in charge. The Congregational church, erected in 1882 at a cost of £2,000, is an edifice of brick with a stone front, in the Gothic style of the 13th century, from designs by Mr. John Salman, architect, of London, and has 300 sittings. The Wesleyan chapel in the St. Peter’s road, is a modern structure, seating 170 persons. The Cemetery, at Ramshill, laid out in 1857, and covering about 3 acres of land, held at an annual ground rent of £16, was purchased in 1897 at a cost of £425; in 1898 it was enlarged by 3 acres at a cost of £450. There are two mortuary chapels and residence for the curator, erected at a cost of £1,100. The Town H 11 is a small and plain building, erected in 1824, on the site of the old market house. The County Police station and the Fire Brigade station are in St. Peter’s road. Castle House was formerly the Castle inn, and here Charles II. and his queen once stayed when en route to France. The Corn Exchange, fronting the Square and High street, and erected in 1866 by a limited company, is of white brick, in the Italian style. College Street Public Hall, formerly the British school, and the property of the Congregational church, is used for public meetings and also by the Petersfield Literary and Debating Society. The market, held every alternate Wednesday, is well attended, and a” considerable business transacted in corn and stock of all sorts. Fairs are held July 10th, October 6th (on the Heath), and December 11th: that on the 10th July is held in the Square, and is solely a pleasure fair; the fair on the 6th Oct. is for both business and pleasure, a large amount of stock of every description being brought into it: the third fair is for sheep only. In the centre of the large market square is an equestrian statue of William III. on a lofty pedestal; the statue formerly stood in the New Way, and the horse was then gilt; but on being removed to its present site in 1815 it was painted. The London and County Bank, in High street, was erected about 1866, there is also a branch here of the Capital and Counties Bank Limited. The “Hants and Sussex News” is published here on Tuesday evening for Wednesday. The 1 Company of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion Hampshire Regiment have their, head quarters at the Drill hall, Dragon street: the open Downs in the neighbourhood afford three separate shooting ranges. There are Cricket and Cycling Clubs and a Literary and Debating Society. The Cottage Hospital was built in 1871, at an expense, including furnishing, of £1,400. It is supported by voluntary Contributions and the payments of patients, and has 8 beds and 2 cots: an operating room was added in 1879, at a cost of about £250. There are several small charities amounting together to about £76 yearly, for the relief of the poor. The Willow Almshouses, founded by the late Mrs. Mary Ann Kennett, in 1863, are for three poor persons of Petersfield and Sheet, each of whom receives 6s. weekly: the income of this charity, derived from the interest on £2,000, is now £60 yearly. Hollands charity of £5 yearly is distributed to the poor in bread on St. Thomas’ day. Miss Phillip’s charity is for keeping a stone in repair in the church and the rest is distributed in bread to the poor on St. Thomas’ day. Meeres’ charity, derived from invested money, is applied to the repair of a tomb in the churchyard and any surplus is for the benefit of the Sunday School. The Heath was inclosed in 1867, when a recreation ground was awarded, comprising 35 acres in the parish of Sheet, 4 acres in the parish of Buriton and 5 acres in the parish of Petersfield, all adjoining, and making together 44 acres, exclusive of a sheet of water covering 22 acres, around which is an agreeable promenade, much frequented during the summer months, and being encircled by the chain of the South Downs, the Steep Hills, and the heath-clad high grounds of Hindhead, it presents landscape scenery of great beauty; here also is the cricket ground of the Petersfield Club. The Heath House, the residence of Captain the Hon. William Sydney Hylton Jolliffe D.L., J.P. is about half a mile south-east. The principal landowners are Lord Hylton, who is lord of the manor, John Bonham-Carter esq. and William Nicholson esq. of Basing Park, Alton. The area is 225 acres of land and 13 of water; rateable value, £13,680; the population in 1891 was 2,002, including 63 officers and inmates in the workhouse.

    Petty Sessions are held at the Police Court, every alternate Wednesday at 12.30 o’clock afternoon. The following places are included in the Petty Sessional division:-Blendworth, Bramshott, Buriton, Catherington, Chalton, Clanfield, Colemore, East Meon, Empshott, Froxfield, Greatham, Hawkley, Idsworth, Langrish, Liss, Petersfield, Priorsdean, Privett, Sheet & Steep.

    Volunteers

    3rd Volunteer Battalion Hampshire Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) (1 Company), head quarters, Drill hall, Dragon street; Capt. Percy W. Seward, commandant.

    Petersfield Union

    Board day, alternate thurs, at the workhouse at 1 p.m. The Union comprises the following places:-Bramshott, Buriton, Colemore, East Meon, Empshott, Froxfield, Greatham, Hawkley, Langrish, Liss, Petersfield, Privett, Priors Dean, Sheet & Steep. The population of the union in 1891 was 11,266; area, 45,930 acres; rateable value in 1898, £62,279.

    Workhouse, Ramshill, a building of brick, built in 1835, to hold 140 inmates.

    Places of Worship, with times of services

    St. Peter’s Church, Rev. Francis Jervoise Causton M.A. vicar; Rev. C. Edwards M.A. & Rev. George Sampson M.A. curates; 8 & 11 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m.; wed. & fri. 10.30 a.m. & 4.30 p.m.; other days, 8.15 a.m.

    St. Mary’s Church, Sheet, 8 & 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; children’s service, first sunday in the month, 3 p.m.; daily, morning prayer, 7.30 p.m.

    Congregational, Rev. Thomas Simm; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.

    Wesleyan, Rev. John Courtenay James, Lavant street; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; tues. 8 p.m.

    Mission Church (R. C.), Rev. Thomas Anselm Burge O.S.B, priest; 8.30 & 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; daily, 8 a.m.; thurs. 7.30 p.m.

    Schools

    Churcher’s College was founded in 1722, by Richard Churcher, a successful East India merchant, living in the borough of Petersfield. It stands on high ground outside the town of Petersfield, in the parish of Sheet, and has extensive grounds, including a cricket field, the gift of W. Nicholson esq. D.L., J.P. of Basing Park. The buildings comprise a large schoolroom, three class rooms, dining hall, library, dormitories for 50 boys, bath room & gymnasium. In 1896 a chemical laboratory, a workshop for carpentering & an infirmary (the gift of W. Nicholson esq.) were erected; the founder bequeathed to seven trustees the sum of £5,000, and the endowment now produces about £660 yearly, out of which provision is made for 12 scholarships, which give free tuition & £20 a year to boys whose parents have at any time resided for two years in the old civil parish of Petersfield. There are other open scholarships giving free tuition in the school, but no grant of money; exhibitions to the public schools & the universities axe also provided by the scheme; there are at present (1898) 26 boarders and 31 day boys. The college is a centre for Cambridge local exams. & a school of science & art. The college is controlled by a body of governors. Chairman, J. Bonham-Carter esq. M.A., J.P.; vice-chairman.

    A School Board for the Petersfield United District, which comprises the parishes of Petersfield & Sheet, was formed 26 Nov. 1877, and consists of 7 members.

    Board School, St. Peter’s road (boys), built in 1894, at a cost of £2,764; the infants’ school has been enlarged at a cost of £866, & the buildings will now hold 240 boys, 300 girls, 170 infants; average attendance, 150 boys, 98 girls & 140 infants.

    Sheet, built in 1863, by late Mrs. Sarah Askew, of Broadlands, as a memorial school, for 60 children, & supported by voluntary contributions. A new school is now (1898) in course of erection, at a cost of £2,400, for 148 boys, girls & infants, with teacher’s residence, to be opened in September, 1898.

    Kelly's Directory of Hampshire (1898)

    Surnames Found in Petersfield

    RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
    1Smith381.66
    2Hall251.09
    3Carpenter210.92
    4Gammon200.87
    5Hobbs200.87
    6Etherington200.87
    7Carter200.87
    8White190.83
    9Cox190.83
    10Stubbington180.78
    11Knight180.78
    12Holder180.78
    13Welch170.74
    14Seward170.74
    15Baker160.70
    16Kelsey150.65
    17Powell150.65
    18Cook150.65
    19Louch150.65
    20Chitty140.61
    21Penn140.61
    22Butler140.61
    23Adams140.61
    24Bridle140.61
    25Smart140.61
    26Redman140.61
    27Hunt130.57
    28Ryder130.57
    29Hoar120.52
    30Williams120.52
    31Payne120.52
    32Summers110.48
    33Mason110.48
    34Kimber110.48
    35Stevens110.48
    36Newman110.48
    37Waller110.48
    38Read100.44
    39Pullen100.44
    40Chase100.44
    41Shepherd100.44
    42Albery100.44
    43Harding100.44
    44Mould100.44
    45Cole100.44
    46Blanchard100.44
    47Peirson100.44
    48Clark100.44
    49King100.44
    50Porter90.39
    51Tribe90.39
    52Cordery90.39
    53Rivers90.39
    54Pledger90.39
    55West90.39
    56Soames90.39
    57Bridger90.39
    58Ward90.39
    59Light80.35
    60Swayne80.35
    61Hitt80.35
    62Monk80.35
    63Osgood80.35
    64Caplen80.35
    65Grant80.35
    66Brightwell80.35
    67Gosden80.35
    68Bone80.35
    69Cross80.35
    70Wiggins80.35
    71Swan80.35
    72Jackson80.35
    73Mecklen80.35
    74Barnes80.35
    75Budd80.35
    76Hoare70.31
    77Squire70.31
    78Tiller70.31
    79North70.31
    80Gardner70.31
    81Philips70.31
    82Mills70.31
    83Oliver70.31
    84Aldridge70.31
    85Petter70.31
    86Woods70.31
    87Luker70.31
    88Bull70.31
    89Norman70.31
    90Suter70.31
    91Restell70.31
    92Pearce70.31
    93Wills70.31
    94Smoker70.31
    95Kingshott70.31
    96Stacey70.31
    97Coombs70.31
    98Feast60.26
    99Chapman60.26
    100Leachman60.26

    * Statistics based on the 1881 census