Hampshire Treasures

Volume 2 ( Basingstoke and Deane)

Page 345 - Winslade

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At the time of the Domesday Survey the manor of Winslade was held by Hugh de Port, and remained with his descendants for centuries. In 1562 the manor was sold to William, Marquis of Winchester, and William's descendants, the Dukes of Bolton, played a prominent part in the life of the village. In the seventeenth century Hackwood House was built for the first Duke of Bolton, and since then Hackwood Park has been Winslade's chief claim to fame. The original building has been considerably extended and altered, and in days gone by the big house provided employment for many of the villagers.

The manor of Kempshott in the parish of Winslade had one particularly notable owner in Robert Pincke DD, who became Warden of New College, Oxford, in 1617. He was held in great esteem by James I for his skill in argument, and his loyal conduct during the Civil War earned him the gratitude of Charles I. Pincke raised the University Militia and encouraged the somewhat unwilling inhabitants of Oxford to take up arms for their king. He later fell into the hands of the Roundheads and was imprisoned for a short time, but was released on bail and died soon after.

The thirteenth century Church of St. Mary the Virgin was rebuilt in the nineteenth century at the expense of Lord Bolton, but a few mediaeval features remain.

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