Pilley, looking towards the Fleur De Lys inn
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Pilley is a village located just east of the village of Boldre, in Hampshire. At the west end of the village is as Pilley Hill and at the east end is Bull Hill. The northern part of the village is known as Pilley Bailey. Pilley is home to Boldre War Memorial Hall, and an Anglican chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas. The village also has a primary school (named after William Gilpin), and a pre-school.
The village has one inn called the Fleur de Lys. The inn claims to be the oldest in the New Forest, and to have been serving drinks since 1096. A list of landlords going back to 1498 is viewable by the entrance.
Pilley is listed three times in the Domesday Book of 1086. Before 1066 the lands had been held by Edric, Alfric Small, and Algar. By 1086, much of the land had been taken into the New Forest with the exception of some land held by Alfric Small and Hugh de Quintin. By 1316 the Pilley family were established here, as Roger de Pilley appears as joint owner with John de Wereburn of the vill of Pilley. During the 15th century record is found of small estates held by various families, and in 1505 the manor was in the possession of Roger Filey, who left as heir a niece Joan, aged nine years. In 1547 John Filey sold the manor to John Mill. It remained in the Mill family into the 17th century, but it then passed through various hands until the late 18th century, when the manorial rights probably lapsed.
Bull Hill is a small hamlet situated on the south-east side of Pilley.
- Boldre War Memorial Hall Archived 12 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved, 18 July 2011
- St Nicholas Archived 14 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Boldre and South Baddesley Benefice, retrieved, 18 July 2011
- William Gilpin Primary School, retrieved, 18 July 2011
- Bees Knees Boldre Pre-School Archived 27 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved, 18 July 2011
- Fleur de Lys, Pilley, beerintheevening.com, retrieved, 18 July 2011
- Garry Hogg, (1974), The English Country Inn, page 105. Batsford
- Judith Bamber, Helena Smith, 2003, The rough guide to walks in London and southeast England, page 146. Rough Guides
- Domesday Map, Place: Pilley
- Victoria County History, (1911), A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4 - Boldre, Pages 616-623
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