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Widley, Hampshire

Historical Description

Widley, a parish in Hants, under Portsdown Hill, 1½ mile N by E of Cosham station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 miles NNE of Portsmouth. It includes Potwell hamlet and the greater part of Cosham, the latter of which has a post, money order, and telegraph office, designated Cosham. Acreage, 1048; population of the civil parish, 1350; of the ecclesiastical, with Wymering, 2438. The parishes of Widley and Wymering have been united for parish council purposes under the designation of Cosham, and have a parish council consisting of twelve members. The living is a rectory, united with Wymering, in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £320 with residence. The church is a plain building of flint in the Norman style, and was rebuilt in 1849.

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 parishWidley St. Mary 
Poor Law unionFareham 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Widley from the following:

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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Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hampshire, 1530, 1575, & 1622-34 is available to view on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth East
Postal districtPO7
Post TownWaterlooville