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Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Historical Description

Fordingbridge, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands on the river Avon, near the New Forest, 19 miles W by N of Southampton, and it has a station on the L. & S.W.R., 96 from London, with a post, money order, and telegraph office under Salisbury. Acreage of the civil parish, 6303; population, 3191; of the ecclesiastical, 2615. The village has repeatedly suffered from fires, and has lost much of its former importance, yet it still figures as a seat ef industry and a centre of country trade. It has a bank, two chief inns, a bridge, a church, three dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a literary and scientific institution, two public halls, a workhouse, and charities. The bridge is a stone structure, with seven arches. The church has an Early English chancel, an Early Decorated division within the chancel, and an Early Decorated nave, with Perpendicular clerestory, roof, and tower; contains a small brass of 1568, and is spacious and interesting. Two large, clipped, bell-shaped yew trees are in the churchyard. A fair is held on 9 Sept., and manufactures ef sailcloth, and "infants' food"are carried on. There are also extensive vineries. The village was known at Domesday as Forde, and it anciently had an hospital of the Knights of St John. Highmore, the anatomist, was a native. The parish includes the tithings of Bickton, Middle Bnrgate, North Burgate, South Bargate, Midgham, and Godshill. An ancient camp, defended on one side by a double trench and ramparts, on the other by the steep accli-vitousness of the ground, is at Godshill. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Ibsley, in the diocese of Winchester; value, £390 with residence. Patron, King's College, Cambridge. The vicarage of Hyde is a separate benefice.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishFordingbridge St. Mary 
Poor Law unionFordingbridge 

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Land and Property

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DistrictNew Forest
RegionSouth East
Postal districtSP6
Post TownFordingbridge