Hampshire Treasures

Volume 6 ( East Hampshire)

Page 189 - Horndean

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Horndean Parish was formed in 1932 and covered the south-east part of the Hundred of "Ceptune" or Finchdean. Various changes of boundaries have altered the area and it now covers the old Catherington parish and Blendworth village. It is a widespread parish with several interesting associations.

The Church of All Saints dates from the end of the twelfth century and in it is a large monument to Sir Nicholas Hyde, Chief Justice of the King's Bench in 1627, who lived at Hinton Dausney. It is said that here the marriage of the Duke of York (later James II) took place in 1660.

Buried in the churchyard are the wife and son of Edward Keane, the celebrated tragedian who lived at Keydell House. Admiral Sir Charles John Napier, K.C.B., owner of Merchiston House, was also buried here.

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