Colbury shown within Hampshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Ashurst and Colbury|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||New Forest East|
The name Colbury is derived from Middle English for "Cola's manor", and near Colbury is an estate called Langley which was held by "Cola the Hunter" in the Domesday Book of 1086. The manor of Colbury was given to the Abbot of Beaulieu by Robert de Punchardon sometime in the 13th century. A grant of free warren in the manor was made in 1359–60 to the Abbot and convent of Beaulieu. Successive abbots remained in possession of the manor until the dissolution of the abbey in April 1538, when it passed to the Crown. It was purchased in 1544 by John Mill and his son John. The elder John died in 1551 and the younger John was succeeded by his son Lewknor. He died in November 1587, and his son Lewknor died in the following month, leaving John his brother and heir. John was created a baronet in 1619, and the manor descended with the Mill Baronets until the death of the last baronet in 1835.
The site of the Colbury Manor House is about a mile to the northeast of Colbury village, close to the village of Eling. The house which is now there is modern, and no trace of ancient buildings survive.
The civil parish of Colbury was one of the parishes created out of the ancient parish of Eling in 1894. Colbury parish was abolished in 1934 when 4722 acres were transferred to the parish of Denny Lodge and 750 acres were transferred to Totton and Eling. The modern parish of Ashurst and Colbury was created in 1985, but administers a much small area than the old Colbury parish.
- Victoria County History of Hampshire: Eling
- Colbury, Old Hampshire Gazetteer
- Domesday Map - Langley
- Hampshire Treasures Volume 5 (New Forest) Page 311
- John Marius Wilson, (1870-72) Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, page 24
- Hampshire Treasures Volume 5 (New Forest) Page 312
- Relationships / unit history of COLBURY, www.visionofbritain.org.uk