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Sir Richard Aldworth (d.1646) left money to the Corporation of Basingstoke to educate ten boys of good and religious poor men of the town and to af

Transcriptions and analysis of all the censuses have been made by the New VCH Hampshire volunteer group based in Basingstoke.

Jane Austen was born at Steventon rectory in 1775.

Many villagers depended for small purchases on travelling salesmen or chapmen who sold  personal goods such as gloves, lace, pins, stockings, handk

Wills of the Rectors of Cliddesden

The attached document tells the story of the violent burglary at Buckskin Farm, Basingstoke in 1832, and the eventual capture of the robbers.

Four wills and two inventories survive from this period.

Wills and inventories dating from 1518-1831 have been transcribed by the Wills Group of the New Victoria County of Hampshire project, based in Basi

In 1686, the Overton vestry authorised a poor-house in the parish, which continued until the rapidly rising costs of poor relief resulted in a new