Reviews of recent THS meetings
A Short History of Titchfield
The Titchfield Tapestry
History from the Post
THS Contact Information
How to Find History
The Lowdown on Titchfield
Our Industrial Past
Where are the chimney pots?
Titchfield Market Hall
Titchfield Canal Debate
Links for Titchfield History Society
Hints on where to look
Titchfield History Society was formed primarily to research and maintain the life and times of this most interesting village. As well as our monthly meetings we publish books and reproduce records which are for sale.
Through the kind cooperation of St. Peterís Church we have translated and elucidated the baptism, marriage and burial registers from the 16th century
. Titchfield Parish Register volume 1 1589-1634 £10.00
. Titchfield Parish Register volume 2 1634-1678 £10.00
We also have available a valuable list of property and their occupantsin the form of:
. The Hearth Tax Return for the Titchfield Hundred 1664-1665
There are three other books which draw upon some of our historical research and make interesting casual reading.
If you are interested in ancestors who lived here, the architecture or the events of the past, for only £6 per year you could contribute by becoming a member of THS. Our monthly meetings run from September to May where you would mix with the people who share an interest in Titchfield life and times.
We will try to help those cannot attend, but cannot guarantee a result.
Where else to look
There is a growing list of contributors to the Message Board on this Web site, there may already be a link to what you are looking for. If not open your own subject by following the procedure indicated.
Hampshire County records office gathered most local information and it is held in a well organised archive which you can visit. They also hold all sorts of other interesting information such as newspapers etc going way back. It is there for all with the time and patience needed.
Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH
Tel 01962 846154. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-4pm
If you have access to the World Wide Web you can go on line at: http://www.hants.gov.uk/record-office/catalog/index.html
The reference section at Fareham Library holds the census results going back to the 1800s and old maps, etc. Westbury Manor Museum in West Street, Fareham includes Titchfield content as well.
To find Family Links
You could just type a name and a search location into a Web browser, as long as it is not a common name, you could be in luck.
Alternatively you could try www.familysearch.org that is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who take a profound interest in genealogy.
Note: Don't drop your guard and give away bank details or other sensitive information. But don't be paranoid, bear in mind that 'they' already know more about you than you'd like.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why was Titchfield really so important?
When the waters of the Solent rose to cover the low lying ground and separated the Isle of Wight, a natural well-protected harbour was formed. Small vessels of the time could berth on the West side of the without having to sail too for inland. The Meonware (me-on-war-a), a breakaway Saxon group establihed a kingdom and there was constant conflict until christianity was established with the building of the St Peter's Church.
How influencial was Titchfield Abbey?
The Abbey provided leadership for a wide area, providing leadership in many of the churches such as St. Peter's and Crofton. It was both the religious and administrative centre; also providing health, legal and other learned services to the community. The Premonstratensian Cannons were a silent order possessed diverse skills such as farming and iron making.
Why is the Abbey now a ruin?
After Henry the Eighth established the Church of England, Titchfield Abbey became the property of Henry Wriothesley (risly) who remodeled it as his country manor and named it Place House. When the family linage ran out it became the Delme family home. After some 100 years they decided to move to Fareham and took much of the structure and fittings to enhance Cams Hall, their new abode.
Did Shakespeare visit Titchfield?
One of Shakespeare's mentors was Henry Wriothesley so whilst their is no proof, it is likely that the writer did come here. During his life there are unaccounted periods when he could have lived locally, many have linked his writings with the village, but no-one really knows.
If you want to learn more about Titchfield, you could become a member and attend our monthly meetings and you can read our growing list of publications available from the menu.