The main town where the Hunt's came from in Hampshire is Ringwood
William Hunt b 1833, emmigrated from England to Rongotea, where he established a farm named "Ringwood" after William's grandfather's
birthplace on the Avon River, Hampshire.
Hampshire - Location
Description from 19th Century Gazetteer:
"Hampshire, Hants, or Southampton, maritime county (including the Isle of Wight), in South of England; bounded north by Berks, east by
Surrey and Sussex, south by the English Channel, and west by Wilts and Dorset; greatest length (exclusive of the Isle of Wight), north to
south, 46 miles; greatest breadth, east to west, 46 miles; 1,037,764 acres, population, 593,470. (The figures of acres and population
include the Isle of Wight.)...."
Ringwood, - Name
According to William Camden’s Britannia (1607) the name was originally Regnewood. It was listed in the Domesday Book as Rincewed. It
meant "the wood of the Regni", the "Regni" (or Regnenses) being an ancient people of Britain.
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
Domesday Book records a church at Ringwood - probably a wooden building. The next, around 1200, was of stone but in the early 1800s
was in such bad repair that it was pulled down and rebuilt.
The present building (listed Grade II*) was put up in 1853-5, including many memorials, and so on, from the old one. Worth a visit is a
memorial brass (recently conserved) to John Prophete, Rector of Ringwood, who died in 1416, and a modern “tapestry” wall-hanging
showing features of the New Forest.
RINGWOOD, THE ANCESTRAL HUNT TOWN IN HAMPSHIRE , ENGLAND
|Parish Church of St Peter & St
HUNT ANCESTRAL VILLAGE