Harbridge

HARBRIDGE, a parochial chapelry, in the union of Ringwood, partly in the hundred of Ringwood, and partly in that of Christchurch, Ringwood and S. divisions of the county of Southampton, 3½ miles (N.) from Ringwood; containing 300 inhabitants. This chapelry comprises 2801 acres, of which 605 are waste land or common; it is situated on the river Avon, which forms its eastern boundary, and is the property of the Earl of Normanton, whose seat, Somerley House, is within the chapelry. The living is annexed to that of Ringwood. The church was built in 1839, of stone from the Isle of Purbeck, at the expense of his lordship: it is a handsome edifice with a square embattled tower surmounted by a turret, and contains 230 sittings, of which 212 are free; the interior is fitted up with open seats of oak, and the windows are embellished with stained glass.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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