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Methodism was late in coming to Cliddesden.

The sale of books belonging to David Davies at his death provides an insight into the life and interests of a nineteenth-century rural clergyman.

Cliddesden parish lies two miles to the south of Basingstoke, now separated from it by the M3.

Wills of the Rectors of Cliddesden

In the winter of 1830 unrest amongst agricultural workers spread across southern England in the face of ‘grinding poverty’.[1]  Wages were low, the

Audleys Wood lies in the northeast corner of Cliddesden parish, its grounds separated from Hackwood Park by the road from Basingstoke to Alton.

One will, one inventory and a will with inventory attached have been transcribed from this period.

The first tranche of this probate material from the years 1544-1560 is posted here and includes 10 wills and 7 inventories.

The three surviving wills and inventories, all from the 1570s, reflect a mixed agricultural community.

Five wills and four inventories are extant from this period and contain examples of testators who had considerable wealth; goods and property value