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Historical Notes

The name of Cheriton means Church village and probably originates from the time of Henri du Bois, Bishop of Winchester 1129-1171 who built the church. Before this date Cheriton was part of the Saxon manor of Tichborne.

The Battle of Cheriton on 29th March 1644 was a deciding battle of the Civil War opening up the south to the Parliamentarians.

Over the last 150 years industries in Cheriton have included truffle “hunting”, watercress and the timber yard of C & F Freeman, which was a major employer in the village both in the timber trade and building works.

Farming has also played an important role in village life. Many of the smaller farms have now merged into larger units.

Cheriton still has a flourishing Primary School, Church, village shop and many village organisations and societies as well as a pub with its own brewery.