Curdridge

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Curdridge
Curdridge Church - geograph.org.uk - 31744.jpg
Curdridge Church
Curdridge is located in Hampshire
Curdridge
Curdridge
 Curdridge shown within Hampshire
Population 1,292 [1]
OS grid reference SU5277113792
Civil parish Curdridge
District Winchester
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WINCHESTER
Postcode district SO24
Dialling code 01962
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Meon Valley
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire

Coordinates: 50°55′17″N 1°15′02″W / 50.9213°N 1.2506°W / 50.9213; -1.2506

Curdridge is a village and civil parish within the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. Also located within the parish is the similarly named village of Curbridge. The village has a small school.[2] The parish is located eight miles to the east of Southampton[2] and had a population of 1,292 people in 473 households in the 2001 census.[3] Curdridge is also known for its annual Curdridge Country Show that takes place in a field off Reading Room Lane [4]

Governance[edit]

The village is part of the civil parish of Curdridge[5] and is part of the Owslebury and Curdridge ward of the City of Winchester non-metropolitan district of Hampshire County Council.[6]

Folklore and local legends[edit]

The local legends of two women with tragic lives are often mixed and confused in the village's folklore.[7]

Kitty Nocks[edit]

According to local legend, Kitnocks Hill, on the Wickham road, takes its name from a young girl called Kitty Nocks, or some variation thereof, who drowned, either by suicide or accident while eloping with a lover of whom her father did not approve. Her ghost, reportedly seen by locals returning from Southampton on the bus, is now said to haunt the top of the hill.[7]

Kate Hunt[edit]

According to local legend, Mill Hill on the Botley road was, in the 17th century, home to an elderly witch called Kate Hunt, who moved felled trees with magic, rode to Bishops Waltham on a farm gate and changed into a white hare. The elderly woman was found dead after locals from Pink Mead Farm shot the hare with a silver coin.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census data
  2. ^ a b "Hampshire's Local Pages:Curdridge". Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  3. ^ "# 2001 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  4. ^ "The Curdridge Country Show". Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  5. ^ legal record of public rights of way in Hampshire - sheet 1309 (PDF) (Map). 1 : 10,000. Cartography by Ordnance Survey. Hampshire County Council. 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Containing areas from mapit.mysociety.org". 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c O'Leary, Michael (2011). Hampshire and Isle of Wight Folk Tales. The History Press. ISBN 978-0752461236.