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Page history last edited by PBworks 15 years, 5 months ago

Yateley, Hampshire

Until the 19th century Yateley was a parish encompassing a very large area in the north-east corner of Hampshire. Yateley was divided into inner and outer tithings. The ancient inner tithing more or less forms the present-day civil parish. The outer tithing was already divided into two, possibly three hamlets - also sometimes referred to as tithings. These were Hawley, Cove and Minley. All three now form modern ecclesiastic parishes. Minley was previously sometimes included in Hawley tithing, but even though it was very small in area and number of inhabitants, was often claimed to be an independant tithing. This was because, although Yateley was part of the Hundred and Manor of Crondall, Minley was a separate manor going back to before Domesday, and was part of the Hundred of Holdshott.


Hawley and Cove tithings were large enough in area to contain other named hamlets. Blackwater was in Hawley and today the civil parish is actually called Blackwater & Hawley. The hamlet of Bramshott was also in Hawley tithing. Yateley itself contained the hamlets of Darby Green and Cricket Hill. Cove contained the hamlets of Broomhill, Cripley and Southwood - all probably little more than extended farms until the 19th century. Before Elizabethan times (eg in 1334) Southwood was assessed for tax separately from Yateley and Cove tithings.


A large ancient parish which contained large separate tithings, which themselves contained separate hamlets is a characteristic of heathland areas. The populated settlements were on the good ground, usually round a village green, near the rivers and near the water meadows, which were often flooded to enrich the pasture. The settlements within the wider parish were separated by the heathland, then known as 'waste of the manor' now better known as common land. The commons provided free grazing, firewood and perhaps gravel, turves and fishing for local householders.


From today's perspective the historical administration of Yateley may seem to have been confusing. However the ancients seem generally to have sorted out both the civil and ecclesiastical administration of the parish and its constituent parts. When disputes did occur this invariably ended up in a court case - which today can considerably benefit our understanding, and add to our list of local personalities.




Yateley Local History Website

Yateley Society's website

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