Longparish Village Handbook (1999 edition)
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Longparish House in the late 18th and 19th centuries was owned by the Hawker family, whose most famous member was Col. Peter Hawker, who was born in 1786 and died in 1853. He was seriously wounded at the battle of Talavera in 1809 during the Spanish Peninsular campaign, but this did not deter him from the serious pursuit of country sports, especially shooting and fishing. His book “Advice to Young Sportsmen”, first published in 1814, is to this day regarded as one of the best introductions to young people taking up shooting or fishing and is still in demand. He was interested in technical matters, and helped to improve sporting guns, which he used to deadly effect at Longparish and at Keyhaven. The Gun pub at Keyhaven, near Lymington, commemorates his great punt gun for shooting duck, one of which is still at Longparish House.

Another notable character of 19th century Longparish was the Rev. Henry Burnaby Greene, who married Amelia Woodcock (great aunt to John Woodcock, currently patron of the living) and was presented as vicar by his brother-in-law in 1821. He built a new Rectory by the church in 1823, and was also responsible for improving both the Rectory and the church during his long incumbency. To make room for a front garden and give him more privacy he had the main village street, which used to go up to the lychgate and pass straight in front of the rectory, diverted. This meant knocking down an attractive small house, whose owners then moved opposite, to the house now known as Greenholme, which at one time was known as the Green Man, according to folk memory, to annoy the high-handed vicar. The cross which now stands in front of the old Rectory is a memorial to Henry Burnaby Greene’s much-loved wife, Amelia, who died in 1867. He was also responsible for the grindstone, and Ashburn Rest, which was put there in 1868. He died in 1884 aged 88 years, having held the living for an astonishing 63 years.

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