Hartley Mauditt

Hartley Mauditt is an abandoned village in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. It is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) south of the village of East Worldham, and 2.6 miles (4.2 km) southeast of Alton, just east of the B3006 road. It is in the civil parish of Worldham. The nearest railway station is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northwest of the village, at Alton.

Hartley Mauditt
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St Leonard's church
Hartley Mauditt is located in Hampshire
Hartley Mauditt
Hartley Mauditt
Location within Hampshire
OS grid referenceSU742361
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAlton
Postcode districtGU34
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°07′11″N 0°56′26″W / 51.11983°N 0.94051°W / 51.11983; -0.94051Coordinates: 51°07′11″N 0°56′26″W / 51.11983°N 0.94051°W / 51.11983; -0.94051

The settlement appears to have been uninhabited since the 18th century, except for a couple of scattered cottages. Dating from the 12th century, St Leonard's church stands as the only remaining building of the former village.


Hartley Mauditt is still an agricultural settlement of some 1,400 acres (570 ha) with several large farms, although the medieval village was much larger but has now shrunk down to the parish church of St Leonard and a couple of cottages. The remaining houses include a 17th-century thatched cottage, an old rectory, and the converted village school on the parish boundary adjoining West Worldham.


Hartley Mauditt was first documented in the Domesday Book as "Herlege" (meaning hartland or woodland); "Hartley" signifies a pasture for deer. The manor had been granted to William de Maldoit (by corruption rendered Mauditt) by William the Conqueror.[1] Later, it was in the possession of John of Gaunt, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Crown, and then in 1603 to Nicholas Steward (1547-1633).[2]

In 1790, the 4th Baronet of Hartley Mauditt, Sir Simeon Henry Stuart, sold the manor to Henry Bilson-Legge whose son pulled down the manor house in 1798.[3] After the demolition of the house the village of Hartley Mauditt declined, and eventually left the church as the only remaining building in the site of the settlement.


  1. ^ Moody, Henry (1846). Antiquarian and topographical sketches of Hampshire (Public domain ed.). pp. 110–. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. ^ Driver, Leigh (25 September 2008). Lost Villages of England. New Holland Publishers. pp. 64–. ISBN 978-1-84773-218-7. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  3. ^ "The mysteries of Hartley Mauditt". Hampshire History. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2018.

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