The village of South Warnborough is located four miles southeast of Basingstoke and six miles north of Alton. South Warnborough was a royal manor, held by Sir Roger Pedwardyn in the early fourteenth century, when Prince Edward (the future Edward II) stayed with Pedwardyn at Christmas while King Edward I spent the holidays at Odiham Castle, three miles to the north (‘Parishes: South Warnborough’, A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3 (1908), pp. 378-382. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42005 Date accessed: 23 April 2014). Among the prince’s expenses that year was a payment to three clerks from Windsor for performing an interlude at Epiphany, as well as payments for making costumes.
The parish, with its church of St Andrew, celebrated with a maypole, minstrels and morris dancing in the early seventeenth century.