Dibden Purlieu village centre following snowfall
Dibden Purlieu shown within Hampshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Hythe and Dibden|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||New Forest East|
The approximate population is around 4000 people. The regular Blue Star bus service provides Purlieu's quickest link with the city of Southampton. Dibden Purlieu is twinned with Mauves-sur-Loire, France.
Dibden Purlieu was in the parish of Dibden, referred to in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Deepdene, "dene" being an Anglo-Saxon word for valley. Purlieu is a Norman-French word meaning "the outskirts of a forest" – a place free from forest laws. In this particular case Dibden Purlieu was land removed from the New Forest in the 14th century when the forest boundaries were established by perambulations about 1300. In practice the king retained or claimed, certain rights in the area, and the activities of the royal foresters in enforcing forest law there were a matter of great resentment. Up to the 1950s Dibden Purlieu was a small settlement next to the village of Dibden, but the expansion of Fawley Refinery lead to a demand for more houses for workers, and Hythe and Dibden Purlieu were allowed to expand into a small town. In 1983 the parish was renamed, and Dibden Purlieu is now part of the parish of Hythe and Dibden.
Primary education is provided at Wildground, in Armitage Avenue. The junior school opened on this site in 1962, with the infants' premises following two years later. Prior to that, the school had occupied temporary accommodation in Lunedale Road, which later included use of the adjacent Women's Institute Hall. The village now additionally hosts the separate Orchard Infant and Orchard Junior schools on Water Lane, adjacent to the Noadswood School complex.
- Dibden, Old Hampshire Gazetteer
- Dibden Purlieu, Old Hampshire Gazetteer
- Journal of the Town Planning Institute, (1953), Volume 39, page 87: "At Fawley the construction of Europe's largest oil refinery on Southampton Water has created a demand for more housing accommodation and it is proposed to satisfy this by expanding the existing villages of Hythe and Dibden Purlieu into a small town of 10,000."
- What is the Parish Council, Hythe and Dibden Parish Council
- British Pathe (1969). Wood Sculptor, Canister: UN 4462 A; Film ID: 3318.20; Sort number: UN 4462 A; Tape: *PM3318*.
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