THE HUNDRED OF BOUNTISBOROUGH
containing the parishes of Godsfield (extra-parochial); Itchen Abbas; Itchen Stoke (with Abbotstone); Swarraton (fn. 1)
In the Domesday Survey Bountisborough is found under the name of
'Mantesberge Hundred.' (fn. 2) At this time it included Itchen Abbas, Itchen
Stoke, Abbotstone, Ovington, Wield and 'Stradfelle.' (fn. 3) Swarraton is not
mentioned by name in the Domesday Survey, but 3 hides 3 virgates held by
Hugh de Port of the Abbot of Hyde in the hundred of Micheldever (fn. 4) were
at Swarraton (fn. 5) and continued to be included in the hundred of Micheldever (fn. 6)
until comparatively modern times. There is
no mention of Godstield in the Domesday
Survey. The 'Stradfelle' mentioned is
probably Stratfield Mortimer, in Berkshire,
but is now difficult to identify. (fn. 7) Before
1316 Ovington and Wield had been included in Fawley Hundred. (fn. 8)
Index Map to the Hundred Bountisborough
At the time of Edward the Confessor
the whole hundred of Bountisborough was
assessed at 35½ hides, and at the time of the
Domesday Survey at 19½ hides. (fn. 9) In 1316
Bountisborough included the parishes of
Abbotstone, Itchen Abbas, and Itchen Stoke
and part of Swarraton, (fn. 10) and has not greatly
changed since except that the extra-parochial
district of Godsfield has been included in the hundred. From the 14th
century the whole of Bountisborough Hundred was Crown property. (fn. 11)
During the Commonwealth the Parliamentary Commissioners took a survey
of the hundred as part of the possessions of 'Charles Stuart, late king of
This survey mentions that a court was held twice yearly at the usual
place, but the name of this place is not stated. (fn. 12)
Pop. Ret. 1831.
V.C.H. Hants, i, 462. It is supposed by some writers that the scribes had mistaken the old English
B for an M, and ought to have written 'Bantesberge.' Mr. Round has pointed out a clear instance of this
confusion in Bucks where the scribe has written 'Molebec' for the Norman name 'Bolebec'.
V.C.H. Hants, i, 462b, 463a, 474a, 474b., 491a, 496a.
Feud. Aids, ii, 306, 329, 348.
V.C.H. Hants, i, 462b, 463a, 474a, 474b, 491a, 496a.
Feud. Aids, ii, 306.
||Parl. Surv. Hants, 1652, no. 8.