1846 – Transported for stealing sheep

The consequences of stealing sheep in the 19th century are far different from today. Here is what happened to shepherd William Lewis & his family after he stole not one but two sheep from his employer in 1846. A life of prisons, transportation, institutions, tragedy and death. William Lewis was born on 28th April 1813 … Read more

1841 – Juvenile Offender – Theft & Misconduct in Service

Charles Bosely was born in Kingsclere in 1828, the son of Benjamin & Sarah. By 1841 he’d been sent to work for William Richard Purver on his farm in Binley, he was just 13 years old. On the 4th June 1841 he found himself in front of the magistrates in Overton. The Hampshire Chronicle (first … Read more

Penal Institutions (Part 1) – County Prisons

Overview of the County Gaol/Bridewell for Hampshire from 1787 Any parishioner of St. Mary Bourne that was convicted of a crime and imprisoned went to Winchester to one of the county prisons. The Prison History website lists 5 prisons in Winchester, 3 of which are for the county and relevant. Winchester “County Gaol” This prison … Read more

Policing the parish (Part 1)

Today in the 21st Century the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary are the police force responsible for crimes that are committed in the parish of St. Mary Bourne. But for how long have they had this responsibility? Policing in Hampshire The history of the police in Hampshire goes back nearly 200 years to 1832 … Read more

January 2024 Update

Behind the scenes the people database is growing with more families connected via the parish records with additional people added that had died before the 1841 census or had left the parish. I’m starting to see those that would have been living in the parish at the time of the Swing Riots which is what … Read more

1855 Post Office Directory

of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorsetshire ST. MARY BOURNE is a parish in the Hundred of Evingar, and Whitchurch Union, Kingclere Division, North Hants, 1 mile from Whitchurch station, 7 miles north-west from Andover road station, 62 from London, 5 north-east from Andover, and 12 west from Basingstoke. The church dedicated to St. Peter, is a … Read more

1841 Census (Week Tything)

In 1841 the Week tything area within the St. Mary Bourne parish included the three areas shown below Upper Wyke (or Week) orange pin, Middle Wyke (or Week) green pin and Lower Wyke (or Week) yellow pin. The table below show the entries from the 1841 Census, this tables also includes the individual reference number … Read more

1841 Census (Swampton Tything)

In 1841 the Swampton tything area within the St. Mary Bourne parish marked with an orange pin. The table below show the entries from the 1841 Census, this tables also includes the individual reference number given to the person in the Rootsmagic database I have added them too and where I have managed to work … Read more

1841 Census (Stoke Tything)

In 1841 the Stoke tything area within the St. Mary Bourne parish included the village of Stoke marked with an orange pin. The table below show the entries from the 1841 Census, this tables also includes the individual reference number given to the person in the Rootsmagic database I have added them too and where … Read more