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Hursley Park Hunting Lodge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Hursley.
In the historic county of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Modern Authority of Hampshire (City of Winchester).
1974 county of Hampshire.
Medieval County of Hampshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU42252535
Latitude 51.02597° Longitude -1.39893°

Hursley Park Hunting Lodge has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


The Pipe Rolls for 1413 give an account for an expense of £8 0s 7d credited to a carpenter who 'made a new building called a logge in the park'. Although said to be in Hursley Park, being dated 1413, the hunting lodge would have been in Merdon medieval deer park. The location of the Parker's Lodge mentioned in 1413 as being on the site of the present Hursley House has been questioned. A 1588 map shows 'the lodge' just outside the south boundary, a few hundred yards to the east of the present Keeper's Lodge. This site should deserve equal consideration as the site of the late Medieval lodge. (Hampshire AHBR)

The 'great lodge' or mansion in Hursley Park was probably built by Sir Phillip Hobby some time between the Dissolution and his death (in 1558). It was demolished c. 1718 (Marsh).
Hursley House was erected in 1725 (scheduled Grade II), and opposite the south front of the house is the lawn which marks the site of the old manor house (Min. Housing & Local Govt. Prov. List scheduled buildings 1951, p.48 (Winchester R.D.)).
Hursley House, formerly Hursley Park, is a well proportioned house constructed of brick with stone details. (For the S. front see photograph AO/61/123/7). Mr Warren, caretaker-engineer, gave confirmation of the present name, Hursley House.
The site of the 16th c. Lodge, at SU 4225 2535 is faintly visible from the ground as parched cropmarks. From the roof of Hursley House, however, the cropmarks were well defined at the time of investigation. The rectangular site, measuring 25.0 m. by 16.0 m. with a S.S.W. aspect was subsequently traced on the ground (F1 NVQ 04-AUG-61). (PastScape 231100)

The Park of Merdon Castle, now Hursley Park, enclosed by banks and including fishponds, extends south of the Castle 1 1/2 miles x 3/4 mile wide.
A considerable part of the medieval pale of Merdon Castle or Hursley Park survives.
In its present condition the bank averages 6.0 m. wide and 1.0 m. high with an inner ditch 4.0 m wide and 0.3 m deep. A fragmentary and additional outer ditch is confined to the western side of the enclosure (F1 NVQ 28-JUL-61). (PastScape 231092)

Deer Park of Merdon Castle. The castle may have been out of use by the end of C14 so a residence possibly existed where Hurlsey House now stands from about that time (and it may have been rebuilt on several occassions), certainly one is shown on the 1588 map, but the suggestion the 1413 Pipe Roll record is for another lodge at or near to the modern Keeper's Lodge (SU41492470) has merit although this may have been always a keepers lodge not a high status residence.
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