Parish history

What’s in a name?
Prior to doomsday a hermit monk named HERDE would ferry people across the river Avon. He subsequently built a bridge known as “Herdebridge”, hence “Harbridge”.
A farmstead existed near the church in Kent Lane, probably worked by monks.
Prior to 1263 AD the Purchaden family had a manor house and land at the north of the village, cellars and a Ha-Ha exist to this day.
In the valley bottom flint flensing pits were discovered by the side of a little brook and in the very dry summer of 1976 aerial photos identified two large ring-circles on the high ground North-East of North End farm, which was probably a Roman settlement, as we know, the Romans navigated the river at least as far as Fordingbridge.
Earthenware was made in Harbridge up to the 1830s and many shards can be picked up from the bed of the little stream by the side of the Green and surrounding fields and gardens.
On a visit to the Vatican a few years ago I saw a 14th century map showing our part of England, and it named only four places high-lighted, Winchester, Sarum, Southampton and Harbridge.

Councillor John Stokes