Ivan Hurst's exploration of Genealogy


Stanbridge Earls School from rear

Standbridge and Standbridge Erles

Standridge is a Tudor Manor House situated near Romsey, Hampshire.

It is also known variously as Standbridge Erles, Stand Bridge, Stanbridge and Stanbridge Earls.

The manor came to my attention whilst researching my Family Tree where an Abraham Hurst was born in 1756, his father, Abraham, was 30 and his mother, Martha, was 30. He married Sarah Pragnell on 16 October 1780 in Houghton, Hampshire. According to Ancestry and other information Sarah Pragnell was born in 1759 in Lockerley, Hampshire, her father, John Fifield, was 40, and her mother, Catharine, was 19. John is recorded as having married a Catharine but not Catharine Pragnell. Hampshire Genealogical Society information from the parish records indicate that on 23 May 1764 in the parish of Romsey John Fifield married Catharine Pearce. He would have been 45 at this time, which is late for the time and therefore possibly a second marriage. His will recognises and illegitimate daughter Elizabeth, another daughter Catharine together with four sons Jno [John] Fifield, Benjn [Benjamin] Fifield, Job Fifield, and Richd [Richard] Fifield. This seems to suggest the the John Fifield and the one in the will are one in the same. 

Extract from Domesday Book - Hampshire Page 23

Sopley and the Domesday Book

Sopley, Hampshire


It is the subject of my One Place Study of Sopley. 

Follow this link to jump drectly to my The Next Generation (TNG) database.

Ten generations ago, John Tilley was born in or nearby the small hamlet of Sopley, Hampshire, England, and the year was 1665. John, and his place in our Family Tree, was the catalyst for the article 'The Tilley Family Migration' and subsequently this article and One Place Study of Sopley held in TNG.

Sopley is an ancient settlement going back to before the Doomsday book and is described in this article. It is on the edge of the New Forest. The nearby area is sometimes in Hampshire and sometimes in Dorset depending on various boundary changes. Most of the employment in the area would have been engaged in either rural activities or supporting the large number of family estates in the area. Sopley Park and Winkton House being a couple of the closest. 



Shirley was at one time part of the parish of Milbrook, having previously been a Parish in its own right, but disolved and incorporated into Millbrook in 

However as a manor it has stood on its own, as described in British History Online. An extract below. As a manor, it was also known as Shirley and Hill. The Hill village was at the bottom of the current Hill Lane, near Four Posts, and was part of the Hill and Sidford Tithing.

In the reign of Edward the Confessor Cheping held SHIRLEY (Sirelei, xi cent.; Schyrlegh and Shirlee, xiii cent.) of the king, and it was assessed at 1 hide. Ralph de Mortimer held in Cheping's stead at the time of the Domesday Survey, (fn. 17) and his descendants held knights' fees in Shirley as late at least as 1362. (fn. 18) By the fifteenth century, however, the manor had come to be looked upon as held of the prior and convent of St. Denis, (fn. 19) which held much property in the neighbourhood. In the fourteenth century the manor was held by the family of Shirley. Nicholas de Shirley in 1240 granted the advowson of the church of Shirley, which up to this time had no doubt gone with the manor, to the prior of St. Denis, (fn. 20) and Isabel de Shirley, widow of Roger de Shirley, and Nicholas, Roger, John, and Simon, sons of Roger de Shirley, were also benefactors to the priory. (fn. 21)


Millbrook, Hampshire

Millbrook is now a suburb of Southampton, which was for a time its own County Borough, but has returned to being part of Hampshire, England. 

What is my interest in Millbrook? I was born in the General Hospital, which is in Shirley Warren, part of the old parish of Millbrook, and grew up in the reduced size Millbrook, as part of Southampton.

Below is a extract from A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3. Published online at British History Online.

The original parish of Millbrook, including Freemantle and Shirley, now suburbs of Southampton, contained an area of 3,223 acres of land, 10 acres of land covered by water, 140 by tidal water, and 140 of foreshore. However, by the Southampton Borough Extension Act of 1895, Shirley and Freemantle, already separate ecclesiastically, the one since 1836, the other since 1851, were included in the municipal borough, and together formed into a civil parish, containing altogether 2,651 acres, of which 2,047 acres are land, 8 acres land covered by water, and 100 by tidal water, and 496 acres of foreshore. Hence the modern parish of Millbrook contains only 986 acres of land, 2 of land covered by water, and 40 by tidal water, together with 191 of foreshore.

Milnes Hampshire 1791

Millbrook Parish one place study

A Study of the Parish of Millbrook, Hampshire


My Millbrook Parish one place study The beginning was actually just a restart triggered by a post in the Facebook group of Guild of One-Name Studies by Karen Heenan-Davies on 7 August 2018. 

'I want to do analysis and maps of the BMD and census records to show how my surname Heenan changed geographically over time'

Well that got me thinking about how I had started plotting the Enumerators route of the 1841 Census of Millbrook. It was very rural then.

Link that to thoughts of GIS and BIM, and I join the conversation.

Later that day I start a new Google Map of Millbrook and useing the Census images on Ancestry I start ploting the routes and key named places. I also start a spreadsheet which will expand the data extracted from the Census and also provide the upload to ESRI for the interactive ARCGIS Mapping.


Broadwindsor, Devon

Broadwindsor and various similar spellings is a small village in West Dorset about 2.5 miles from Beaminster, the nearest town.

So far, it is the origin of the Pomeroy branch of my Family Tree. It is thought that there are two separate DNA groups of Pomeroys in the area which obviously causes ssome confusion and complications whist researching Family Trees.

The village has a website with a tab regarding history and a page in he Dorset Guide. It also has a record in British History Online listing some notable buildings. There were signs of settlements in this area prior to the arrival of the Romans in AD 43 and the village is recorded in the Domesday book as the manor of Windesore held by Hunger, the son of Odin. Many of the names of people still living in the village and surrounding farms are recorded in documents dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, when many of the inhabitants were freemen. These names include Hallett, Paul and Studley.