Cadnam

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Coordinates: 50°55′N 1°35′W / 50.91°N 01.58°W / 50.91; -01.58

Cadnam
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The road to Netley Marsh
Cadnam is located in Hampshire
Cadnam
Cadnam
 Cadnam shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU2913
Civil parish Copythorne
District New Forest
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SOUTHAMPTON
Postcode district SO40
Dialling code 023
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament New Forest East
List of places
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Cadnam is a village situated in Hampshire, England, within the boundaries of the New Forest National Park. The village has existed since the medieval period, when it was (and still is) an important crossroads between Southampton and the towns of southeast Dorset.

Overview[edit]

Cadnam is part of the civil parish of Copythorne, a smaller village lying a mile to the north. The village is an important crossroads between Southampton and the towns of Bournemouth and Poole. The start (Junction 1) of the M27 motorway is at Cadnam. Surrounding villages are Copythorne to the northeast, and Bartley to the southeast.

There are a number of pubs in Cadnam, including the White Hart (after White Hart), and The Sir John Barleycorn (after John Barleycorn). There is also a hotel, The Bartley Lodge Hotel, and a Methodist church.

The village has a BP Petrol Station, which also houses the local Post Office.

Cadnam is home to Cadnam Cricket Club (established in 1880) who play on the Lambs Corner ground (adjacent to the road to Lyndhurst).

History[edit]

Cadnam is first recorded in the 1270s as Cadenham.[1] The name apparently means the farmstead ("ham") of a man named Cadda.[1]

In the 13th century there was an estate at Cadnam and at nearby Winsor which belonged to the nuns of Amesbury, who in 1286 obtained a grant of free warren in both estates.[2] It seems to have formed part of the manor of Wigley, and the rent of tenants at Cadnam was paid to Amesbury Abbey until the Dissolution.[2] Land at Cadnam and Winsor was granted with the manor of Wigley to Edmund Vaughan in 1545.[2] All of these lands subsequently became part of the Paultons estate.[2]

A Congregational chapel at Cadnam was founded in 1790.[2]

The Cadnam Oak[edit]

The Cadnam Oak, at the south-east corner of a crossroads in Cadnam (grid reference SU292136), is thought to be a "boundary tree" of the New Forest.[3] Legend has it that the Cadnam Oak puts forth green leaves on Christmas Day, being leafless immediately before and after the day.[4] The current tree is actually a descendent of the first Cadnam Oak, but the fame still continues.[4] Popular tradition even has it that the tree only buds on Old Christmas Day on 6 January, refusing to acknowledge the Gregorian calendar change of 1752.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cadnam, Old Hampshire Gazetteer
  2. ^ a b c d e Victoria County History of Hampshire: Eling
  3. ^ Hampshire Treasures Volume 5 (New Forest) Page 69
  4. ^ a b c Wendy Boase, (1976), The folklore of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, page 118. Batsford

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