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Sopley, Hampshire

Historical Description

Sopley, a parish, with Sopley village and Avon, Ripley, and Shirley tithings, in Hants, on the river Avon, 3 miles N of Christchurch station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Ringwood; telegraph office, Christchurch. Acreage, 4779; population of the civil parish, 833; of the ecclesiastical, 828. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £280 with residence. The church is cruciform and mostly Early English, and has been well restored.

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 parishSopley St. Michael 
Poor Law unionChristchurch 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictNew Forest
RegionSouth East
Postal districtBH23
Post TownChristchurch