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Redbridge, Hampshire

Historical Description

Redbridge, a village in Millbrook parish, Hants, on the river Test or Anton at its influx to Southampton Water, with a station on the L. & S.W.R., 83 miles from London and 4 WNW of Southampton, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Southampton. It was known at Domesday as Rodbridge, and in the time of Bede as Reodford; it had a small religious establishment in the 7th century where King Caedwalla put the brother of Arvandus to death, and which quite disappeared before the Norman Conquest; it is said by Camden to have changed its name to Eedbridge on account of the erection of a bridge at it where previously was a ford; it has for centuries been a place of considerable resort for coasting vessels; and it was the scene in the 18th century of General Bentham's experiments in the building of swift schooners and brigs. There are a large brewery and an extensive manure manufactory. The nearest church is at Millbrook village. At the Test there are traces of an ancient five-arched bridge and of a causeway.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Civil parishMillbrook 
Poor Law unionSouth Stoneham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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CountyCity of Southampton
RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO16
Post TownSouthampton