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Expedition to NE Hampshire

UPDATE: Since this trip, the research has moved on apace as more and more information has become available to us.

Katie and I met up with Peter in Farnham on a cold, wet day in September 2009. We had a quick look around in Farnham and then set off across the Hampshire border to explore some of the villages with Lewcock connections.

We looked at  the Lewcock gravestones In St Andrew’s churchyard in Farnham. They are virtually all illegible, but at least somebody had recorded the inscriptions back in the 1930s. They must have been difficult to decipher even then though, as some of the transcribed dates don’t match what we know are dates of burials.

Had a look at Hart’s Yard, just off West Street – we don’t know yet if the yard had any connection with Joseph Hart, Jessamine Lewcock’s father, a coachman, but it would have been right next door to a coaching inn which stood on the site of what is now the Lion and Lamb Courtyard.

We need to have a look at the tithe map of 1838 to see if we can work out where exactly the Lewcock and Hart families might have been located. They were in the centre – Borough and Castle Street in 1841 and 1851.

Hart’s Yard, West Street, Farnham

Our route took us to Blubeckers Mill House (now a restaurant) in North Warnborough. This may originally have been the mill of Samuel Lewcock, miller, whose estate was probated in 1810 or Thomas Lewcock of North Warnborough whose estate was probated in 1834, although there were several mills in the area.

We also passed Dipley Mill on the River Whitewater, which is near Heckfield and Mattingley, home of Lewcocks from at least 1782 when George, son of John and Mary Lewcock was baptised there.(1) Mattingley, which formed part of Heckfield, was constituted a separate parish in 1894.(2)

Mill House, North Warnborough

Dipley Mill

Our tour included visits to Rotherwick and Hartley Wintney, both places with Lewcocks recorded over the years, although as yet, we don’t know if there is any connection between them and Samuel Lewcock, baker of Farnham. It is likely that they originated in Odiham as we think he may have done, but this is all to be confirmed.  A side trip to Silchester to see the Roman settlement, was very interesting, though as yet we have not come across any Lewcocks recorded there!

Rotherwick Parish Church

St Mary, Hartley Wintney

SOURCES

1. Hackman’s Series of Hampshire Bishop’s Transcripts published by P.R.T. Society

2. Victoria County History: A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4

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