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Copythorne church.JPG
St. Mary's church, Copythorne
Copythorne is located in Hampshire
Location within Hampshire
Population2,673 (2011 Census including Ower)[1]
OS grid referenceSU308147
Civil parish
  • Copythorne
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSO40
Dialling code023
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
50°55′48″N 1°33′50″W / 50.930°N 1.564°W / 50.930; -1.564Coordinates: 50°55′48″N 1°33′50″W / 50.930°N 1.564°W / 50.930; -1.564

Copythorne is a village and civil parish situated in Hampshire, England, within the boundaries of the New Forest National Park.


Copythorne is in the north-eastern part of the New Forest, in Hampshire, England. The village is on the A31 Romsey Road, just south of the M27 motorway which splits the parish in two halves.[2] There is an Anglican parish church dedicated to Saint Mary, an Infants School, and a hall.

The parish contains the villages of Cadnam, Bartley, Winsor, Newbridge, and Ower.[2] To the north of the village is Copythorne Common; parts of Cadnam Common and Furzley Common are also in the parish, as well as Shelly Common in the far north of the parish.[3] There is woodland in the south and north of the parish, and Paultons Park – an old estate with a modern theme park – is also in the parish.


Copythorne is first recorded as Coppethorne in the 14th century.[4] The name means "Cropped (haw)thorn",[4] which relates to the practice of pollarding trees to provide feed for animals.[5]

There are several Bronze Age barrows in the parish, locally called "Money Hills".[5] At approximately the site of the present church, the Roman road from Nursling suddenly turned south towards Cadnam roundabout.[5]

In the middle ages much of the land in the area was part of the monastic estates of Amesbury, Netley, and Glastonbury.[3] After the Dissolution many of these lands become part of the Paultons estate.[3]

Saint Mary's Church in Copythorne is a red brick structure built in 1834, with alterations made around 1891-2.[6] The civil parish of Copythorne was one of those created out of the ancient parish of Eling in 1894.[3]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Copythorne Parish Web site
  3. ^ a b c d Victoria County History of Hampshire: Eling
  4. ^ a b Copythorne, Old Hampshire Gazetteer
  5. ^ a b c "Hampshire Treasures Volume 5 (New Forest) Page 67". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Hampshire Treasures Volume 5 (New Forest) Page 71". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.

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