Hartley Mauditt church
Hartley Mauditt shown within Hampshire
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Hartley Mauditt is a hamlet in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. It is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) south of the village of East Worldham, and 2.6 miles (4.1km) southeast of Alton, just east of the B3006 road and south of West Worldham. The nearest railway station is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northwest of the village, at Alton.
Hartley Mauditt is still an agricultural parish of some 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) with several large farms but the population numbers are low, although the medieval village was much larger but has now shrunk down to the parish church of St. Leonard and a handful of cottages. The few remaining houses include an attractive 17th century thatched cottage, an elegant old rectory, and the converted village school on the parish boundary adjoining West Worldham.
Hartley Mauditt was first documented in the Domesday Book as "Herlege" (meaning hartland or woodland); "Hartley" signifies a pasture for deer. The manor had been granted to William de Maldoit (by corruption rendered Mauditt) by William the Conqueror. Later, it was in the possession of John of Gaunt, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Crown, and then the Stuarts.
In 1790 the Stuarts sold the manor to Henry Bilson-Legge whose son pulled down the manor house in 1798. After the demolition of the house the hamlet of Hartley Mauditt declined, and eventually left the church as the only remaining building in the site of the hamlet, although there are houses elsewhere in the parish.
- Moody, Henry (1846). Antiquarian and topographical sketches of Hampshire (Public domain ed.). pp. 110–. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- Driver, Leigh (25 September 2008). Lost Villages of England. New Holland Publishers. pp. 64–. ISBN 978-1-84773-218-7. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- A Guide to St Leonard's Church, Hartley Mauditt, Alton, Hampshire printed by Image Print 2001 Ltd, Alton
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