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Coordinates: 51°16′19″N 1°31′43″W / 51.271984°N 1.528719°W / 51.271984; -1.528719

Tangley is located in Hampshire
 Tangley shown within Hampshire
District Test Valley
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Andover
Postcode district SP11
Dialling code 01264
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament North West Hampshire
List of places

Tangley is a village in the English county of Hampshire. Tangley is situated north of the old market town of Andover and the village of Charlton, Hampshire.

Tangley Parish covers an area of 4,017 acres (16.26 km2) and has just over 600 residents in three villages, Tangley, Wildhern and Hatherden and the hamlets of Charlton Down and Little Hatherden. It lies in the north west corner of Hampshire and most of it is an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The houses are typical of the different kinds to be found in the area with the older ones being of flint and brick and chalk cob with thatched or tiled roofs.

A walk through the parish of Tangley takes one through woodland, downland and farmland. The villages are scattered over the chalklands south of the Hampshire downs, on high land which overlooks the Bourne valley to the north and the remains of Chute Forest to the west.


The name Tangley is Anglo-Saxon. The earliest reference, in 1174, calls it Tangelea, meaning a wood or clearing (leah) on a tongue, or perhaps tongues, of land. Tangelea 1175. Possibly 'woodland clearing at the spits of land'. Old English tang + leah

In the sixteenth century the manor of Tangley was owned by the Reade family whose most distinguished member was Sir Richard Reade, Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

Tangley has a War Memorial dedicated to those who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918.

Tangley has become famous for the devastating fire that consumed its manor house, and resulted in the deaths of MP Michael Colvin and his wife in February 2000.[1]

The small Victorian church of St Thomas is surrounded by its old graveyard with ancient yew trees. People have prayed here for centuries and three sarsen stones remain, as possible evidence there was pagan worship there before Christian times.[2]


Tangley was the last point for the drovers who walked their sheep over the downs to the Weyhill Fair in October each year. Tangley offered refreshments and lodging to the drovers, and their flocks in the form of five inns or beer houses, of which two remain – The Fox to the south and The Cricketer’s in the centre of the village.

Tangley Parish Hall, which was rebuilt in 1959, is situated in the peaceful village of Wildhern. It lies on a four and a half acre site which is in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

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  1. ^ "MP feared dead in fire". BBC. 2000-02-24. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Tangley Church". Tangley Church. Archived from the original on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2007-08-12.