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Hordle, Hampshire

Historical Description

Hordle, a village, a tithing, and a parish in Hants. The village stands near the coast, 4 miles SWof Lymingtontown, and 2½ from Milton and Sway stations on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Lymington; telegraph office, Milton railway station. It had salt-works from Saxon down to modern times, but they are now extinct, and it commands a fine view of the Needles and the Isle of Wight The parish includes also the hamlets of Amewood, Downton, and Tiptoe, and the fortress of Hurst Castle. Acreage, 3868; population, 1212. Hordle House, Yeatton, Arnewood House, and Arnewood Towers are chief residences. The coast is suffering abrasion by the sea, and a line of cliffs on it is rich in fossils, and possesses much interest for geologists. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £100 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The old church stood near the coast, but was pulled down in 1830, when another church was built in the centre of the parish. This was also pulled down and the present church built in 1872. The parish stretches from the New Forest to the sea, its N and S boundaries. It was the home of the " Shakers," a body of religious fanatics who made a settlement here. A considerable portion of the Milford-on-Sea building estate is situated on the Hordle cliffs.

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 parishHordle All Saints 
Poor Law unionLymington 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictNew Forest
RegionSouth East
Postal districtSO41
Post TownLymington