Dibden Purlieu

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Dibden Purlieu
Dibden Purlieu.jpg
Dibden Purlieu village centre following snowfall
Dibden Purlieu is located in Hampshire
Dibden Purlieu
Dibden Purlieu
Location within Hampshire
OS grid referenceSU412061
Civil parish
  • Hythe and Dibden
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSO45
Dialling code023[1]
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
50°51′07″N 1°24′54″W / 50.852°N 1.415°W / 50.852; -1.415Coordinates: 50°51′07″N 1°24′54″W / 50.852°N 1.415°W / 50.852; -1.415
St Andrew's Church in Dibden Purlieu

Dibden Purlieu (/ˌdɪbdɛn ˈpɜːrli/) is a village situated on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, England. The village merges with the nearby town of Hythe. It is in the civil parish of Hythe and Dibden.

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4] In 1983 the parish was renamed, and Dibden Purlieu is now part of the parish of Hythe and Dibden.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

Richard Eurich RA OBE was the war artist to the Admiralty from 1941.

Ron Lane was a wood sculptor of wildlife.[6]


Dibden Purlieu has two large secondary schools; Noadswood School and Applemore College. Totton College also has a small campus in the village specialising in adult education services.

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.


  1. ^ "Telecoms numbering". ofcom.org.uk. 28 April 2010.
  2. ^ Dibden, Old Hampshire Gazetteer
  3. ^ a b Dibden Purlieu, Old Hampshire Gazetteer
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ What is the Parish Council Archived 2009-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, Hythe and Dibden Parish Council
  6. ^ British Pathe (1969). Wood Sculptor, Canister: UN 4462 A; Film ID: 3318.20; Sort number: UN 4462 A; Tape: *PM3318*.

External links[edit]

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