Acknowledgements and Sources


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Friends and former colleagues have kindly offered encouragement during the course of the research and several have provided comments on early drafts, including helpful feedback on errors of one sort or another.

My thanks also extend to those who gave me assistance with the following sources:

Early work on census enumeration books made possible by Data Archive at University of Essex and by Data Library colleagues at the University of Edinburgh; later demographic work was carried out via subscription to and occasional findings via and the like.

Official correspondence and other documents relating to the enclosure and purchase of Aldershot Common were consulted at The National Archives at Kew. Letters send by Viscount Hardinge to General Brown were consulted at the National Library of Scotland.

Cadastral and other property related sources, such as the Tithe Survey, Rate Books and Land Tax returns were consulted at the Hampshire Record Office. Special mention should be made of Sally Jenkinson to whom credit is due for pointers to those sources and for sharing her transcriptions of the Crondall Court Records.

I am also grateful to the local historians whom I first met on a visit to Aldershot Military Museum, Gill Picken, Paul Vickers and Roger Deason (shown left to right, as below; my bearded self standing on the left).

Their work mostly has focus on the subsequent development of the garrison town until close to the present day, many well-illustrated with photographs. However, mention should be made of the research by Tim Childerhouse into the early history of Aldershot, drawing upon that of the Reverend James Branson. 

Work by Sally Jenkinson, whose research into the Crondall Court records has contributed to my writing, has published work on Ash; that is also very relevant, providing evidence of the extent of integration of Aldershot with the Surrey parishes.


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The standard history of the place following the arrival of the Army was written in 1951 by ‘The Town Remembrancer’ [1].  Various local historians based in the area  have added to that reference work, including, in recent years, Phillips and Picken[2], Vickers[3], Deason[4].

(Cole[1], 1951 & 1980), to which has been added the work of various local historians based in the area (Phillips and Picken[2], 2000; Vickers[3], 2012 & 2017). There is also a history of the very many public houses that then came to exist (Deason[4], 2018), as many as forty new beer houses in the first five years.

[1] Howard N. Cole, The Story of Aldershot: a history and guide to town and camp (Gale & Polden, 1951); Updated & Enlarged, 1980

[2] Stephen Phillips and Gillian Picken, Aldershot Past (Phillimore & Co, 2000) ISBN 1-86077-144-0. This had earlier noted that the oft-quoted figure of 875 included 108 at the District School.

[3] Paul Vickers, Aldershot Through Time (2012) & Aldershot’s Military Heritage (2017). Paul uses primary sources to reassess published details about the origin of the ‘camp of exercise.

[4] Roger Deason, Alcohol & Aldershot (Aldershot, 2018). A history of those public houses and beer shops, from their origin to 2018.


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Baigent, Francis Joseph. A Collection of Records and Documents Relating to the Hundred and Manor of Crondal in the County of Southampton (Part 1). Simpkin & Company, Limited. 1891.

Barnett, Corelli. Britain and Her Army, 1509-1970. Penguin Press, London. 1970.

Bennett, Mary Ann. Life and Work on Surrey Heath. Phillimore, Chichester. 2007.

Branson, James W. Down The Centuries. Parish Magazine, St Michael’s Church, Aldershot. 1960s [re-typed: Jim White 2015]

Capes, William Wolfe. Scenes of Rural Life in Hampshire Among the Manors of Bramshott. Macmillian and Co., London. 1901.

Childerhouse, T. Bygone Aldershot. Phillimore & Co Ltd. 1984. ISBN: 0850335485

Childerhouse, Tim. The Book of Aldershot. Buckingham : Baron. 1992 <>

Challacombe, Jessie. Jottings from a Farnborough Notebook. Gale & Polden Ltd. 1922.

Cole, Howard N. The Story of Aldershot: a history and guide to town and camp Gale & Polden, 1951; Updated & Enlarged, 1980

Cobbett, William. Cottage Economy: To Which Is Added The Poor Man’s Friend. John Doyle, New York. 1833. <> <>

Hammond, J.L. and Barbara. The Village Labourer, 1760-1832: A Study in the Government of England before the Reform Bill. Longmans, London. 1911.

Page, William (ed). ‘A History of the County of Hampshire’. The Victoria History of the County of Hampshire: Vol 4. London. 1911.  URL:

Phillips, Stephen and Picken, Gillian. Aldershot Past. Phillimore & Co, 2000. ISBN 1-86077-144-0.

Sheldrake, William. A Guide to Aldershot and its Neighbourhood. Sheldrake, London. 1859.

Strachan, Hew. Wellington’s legacy: the reform of the British Army 1830-54. Manchester University Press. 1984. ISBN 0-7190-0994-4
p.268 and reference to Hardinge papers, Prince Albert to Hardinge, 21 July 1853.)

Sturt, George. William Smith, Potter and Farmer. Chatto & Windus, London. 1920.

Sturt, George. A small boy in the sixties. 1927

Tottie, John William. On the Inclosure Commission, Its Powers, and the Principle on Which They Have Been Exercised. Journal of the Statistical Society of London, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Sep., 1862), pp. 297-312. URL:

Vickers, Paul H. Aldershot’s Military Heritage. Amberley, Stroud. 2017.
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Vickers, Paul. Aldershot Through Time. Amberley Publishing Ld, 2012.<>


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Schurer, K., Higgs, E. (2020). Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM) Names and Addresses, 1851-1911: Special Licence Access. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7856, DOI: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7856-2


This page will be a work in progress throughout the year as the monthly chapters and other materials are made available sequentially during 2023.