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Please can someone help me decipher this place! I’ve been stumped for months now.
I have a name for my great great great grandfather (Henry Cooper) and on his marriage certificate he has stated his father to be Henry Cooper too. I have found the former and his family on the 1901 and 1911 census living in Mortlake, Surrey. However I cannot for the life of me read what his place of birth says!!
Obviously I need this information to search for his birth certificate and find his parents to carry on the lineage.
On the 1911 census Ancestry has stated this place to be “HORSFORD”, HANTS and the birth code next to this is 160 (Southampton/ isle of white).
However I have checked numberous times and this place (horsford) does not exist. Not even on old maps etc.
Then on then on the 1901 census Ancestry has stated the place says Alspont in Hants.
I have never heard of this place and again it does not come up on google searches. The writing is very scruffy and so I’m wondering if the place name has got lost in translation scribed incorrectly from a previous Census?
I have tried everything, broad searches for the whole of Hampshire, Surrey etc to try and find him but I cannot find any birth certificates or older census records that match.
I feel like if I can read his place of birth I will have a much better chance of finding definitely where he was born and lived etc so here’s where you guys come in…please please please can someone read the picture attached and let me know what you think it says? I have outlined the place of birth in grey.
kind regards and I look forward to hearing your suggestions!!
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Fantastic! I can definitely see that now. Thanks so much. I’ve just had a quick search and still not found him on any census or birth records. Any ideas on how to find someone tricky? All I have is that he was born Around 1867 and he was called Henry Cooper and now the fact that he was born in alresford, Winchester in Hampshire. Any help would be greatly appreciated
The baptism of a Harry Cooper was registered at Arlesford, Hampshire on 7 May 1865, parents Henry Cooper and Rebecca.

From GRO. Birth. Harry Cooper. June Q 1865. Arlesford. Mmn Dorey.

From Free BMD. Marriages. Henry Cooper/ Rebecca Dorey. March Q 1862. Arlesford.

Possible 1881.
Harry Cooper. 16 lodger. Gen lab. Born Arlesford.
Living New Arlesford. Ref RG11 1244/38 page 30 ( Family Serch)
Does any of this match up?
Thanks so much for looking,
I know that he married a woman called Elizabeth Eliza Jane Wilson in 1894, however he could have possibly been married before. Many thanks for your help
Bingo, that would explain why I struggled to find him for so long, unfortunately it looks like his father Henry was admitted to a “lunatic asylum” and then his mother Rebecca died a year later. I will have to keep digging to find out where the poor soul went. Many thanks for your help