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St Marys Church Michelmersh.jpg
St Mary's Church, Michelmersh
Michelmersh is located in Hampshire
Location within Hampshire
Population735 [1]
881 (2011 Census including Kimbridge)[2]
OS grid referenceSU346261
Civil parish
  • Michelmersh & Timsbury
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townROMSEY
Postcode districtSO51
Dialling code01794
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°02′00″N 1°30′29″W / 51.03323°N 1.50794°W / 51.03323; -1.50794Coordinates: 51°02′00″N 1°30′29″W / 51.03323°N 1.50794°W / 51.03323; -1.50794

Michelmersh is a small, scattered village in Hampshire, England some three miles (4.8 km) north of Romsey.

It forms a civil parish with Timsbury that forms part of the Test Valley district. The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath crosses the parish, passing through the churchyard of the 12th century St Mary's Church. The Georgian former rectory, Michelmersh Court, is Grade II* listed [3] and was for many years the home of Sir David and Lady Carina Frost.[4]

The parish is located to the east of the River Test on the northern edge of the Hampshire Basin, with chalk in the north.[5] To the south and east of the village this is overlain by Palaeocene sands and clays of the Lambeth Group. At the southern are younger deposits of Eocene age, sloping from a ridge of the Nursling sands into a valley of London Clay.[5] It has a brick and tile works,[6] and extensive former sand pits on Casbrook Common, now used as a landfill site.

The name Michelmersh is derived from the Old English micel + mersc, meaning ' large marsh'.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

Michelmersh is known for being one of the main locations for the filming of the 1980s British TV series Worzel Gummidge. Other locations include nearby villages of Stockbridge, King's Somborne and Braishfield.[8]

Notable people with a connection to Michelmersh[edit]

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  1. ^ "Parish Headcounts, Area: Michelmersh CP (includes Timsbury)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for Natgional Statistics. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. ^ British Listed Buildings: Michelmersh Court
  4. ^ "For sale: the stunning Hampshire home of Sir David Frost". Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ a b British Geological Survey, 2002, England & Wales Sheet 299: Winchester, 1:50,000 Geology Series, Keyworth, Nottingham:British Geological Survey, ISBN 0-7518-3340-1
  6. ^ "Michelmersh Brick and Tile Company". Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  7. ^ Mills, A.D: A Dictionary of English Place-Names, page 229. Oxford University Press, 1991.
  8. ^ "Worzel Gummidge (TV)". 3 March 2016.