Stoke Charity

Stoke Charity
Stoke Charity
 Stoke Charity shown within Hampshire
OS grid referenceSU4850639338
Civil parishWonston
Shire countyHampshire
RegionSouth East
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district SO21 3
Dialling code 01962
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK ParliamentWinchester
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Coordinates: 51°09′05″N 1°18′28″W / 51.151250°N 1.307865°W / 51.151250; -1.307865

Stoke Charity is a small village on the River Dever that lies within the Wonston civil parish in the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. Its nearest town is Winchester, which lies approximately 6.1 miles (9.9 km) south-west from the village.

In past centuries, the manor was also known as Old Stoke,[1] still remembered in the street name "Old Stoke Road".


Stoke Charity is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085. In 904, Edward the Elder probably granted the area of the present parish to Hyde Abbey as part of the manor of Micheldever . The Church of England parish church of St Mary and St Michael dates mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries. According to the church's guidebook, the Norman nave and chancel may have been added to a small Saxon church to form the north aisle of an enlarged church. The church stands in a field just to the east of the village.

Stoke Charity also had a manor house and home farm, which employed most of the population as farm labourers up until the late 19th century. Watercress beds were well developed and numerous in Stoke Charity until recently. These were fed by the River Dever, which is a tributary of the River Test.


  1. The Hampshire Antiquary and Naturalist, Volumes 1-2, p. 89: "The stream was re-crossed at Old-stoke or Stoke Charity, now a bridge, but probably in olden times a ford..."

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