Tiptoe, Hampshire

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Tiptoe is located in Hampshire
 Tiptoe shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SZ2560697785
District New Forest
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SO41 6
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament New Forest West
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Coordinates: 50°46′45″N 1°38′17″W / 50.779078°N 1.638187°W / 50.779078; -1.638187

Tiptoe is a small village in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire.[1] It lies mostly within the civil parish of Hordle[2] and partly within the civil parish of Sway.[3] It is 1.5 miles (2 km) west of the village of Sway, and about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of the town of New Milton.

The village[edit]

Tiptoe has just under 100 residents.[4] It has two churches, and a primary school with an associated pre-school.[4][5] The parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew, and is the daughter church of All Saints’ at Hordle.[6] The Tiptoe Stores and Post Office closed in 2008,[7] despite a campaign to save it.[8] Just outside the village lies the Plough Inn, the premises of which date from about 1630.[9]


The name of the village derives from a surname of French origin recorded in the 13th century as "Typetot".[10] A member of the "Tibetot" family is known to have held land in the Barton area in the early 14th century.[11]

The village achieved some notoriety in the 1880s when Mary Ann Girling and her religious sect of New Forest Shakers erected tents at a farm at Tiptoe in 1879, having been evicted from their previous residence at Forest Lodge at Hordle.[12] Girling apparently believed that Second Coming of Christ would soon happen, and that she would live forever. Girling died at the Tiptoe farm on 18 September 1886.[13]

Tiptoe Primary School

A school was built at Tiptoe at the beginning of the 20th century as a replacement for an earlier school in nearby Wootton which burned down in 1914.[14]

St Andrew's Hall on Sway Road, Tiptoe, is a corrugated iron building dating from around 1870.[15] It was originally a chapel at Netley Hospital.[15] It was brought to Tiptoe as a chapel of ease for Hordle Parish Church, and is now used as a hall.[15]


  1. ^ New Forest National Park map
  2. ^ Map of the Civil Parish of Hordle
  3. ^ Page detailing a map of the Civil Parish of Sway
  4. ^ a b NEW FOREST AREA PPG17 Assessment: Open Space, Sport and Recreation. Parish Profile: HORDLE
  5. ^ Tiptoe Primary School
  6. ^ All Saints, Hordle with St. Andrew, Tiptoe
  7. ^ Final move to save post offices fails Southern Daily Echo, 27 March 2008
  8. ^ Post office protesters' long march Southern Daily Echo, 20 November 2007
  9. ^ Peter Long, (2004), The Hidden Places of England, page 252
  10. ^ Old Hampshire Gazetteer
  11. ^ A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, page 23
  12. ^ A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, page 40
  13. ^ Frederic Boase (editor), (1892), Modern English biography: containing many thousand concise memiors of Persons who have Died since the Years 1850, Volume 1
  14. ^ A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, pages 38 and 78
  15. ^ a b c Hampshire Treasures Volume 5 (New Forest), page 159