Hampshire Treasures

Volume 9 ( Test Valley South)

Page 61 - King's Somborne

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Immediately east of Houghton and three miles south of Stockbridge, this large parish includes the villages of King's Somborne, Up Somborne and Horsebridge, in all an area of 2,877 hectares, with a population of 1,333 in 1981. Horsebridge is the site of the Roman crossing of the River Test as the line of the Roman road passes through the south of the parish. The manor was a royal property for centuries, and as it was recorded in the Domesday Book as Somborne Regis, it was probably a royal possession in Saxon times. John of Gaunt's deer park lay between the River Test and King's Somborne. Buildings of interest in the parish range from Marsh Court, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, to the many attractive cottages such as the cruck-framed cottage on the road to Little Somborne.

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