South Gorley

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South Gorley
The Old School House, South Gorley - geograph.org.uk - 1057187.jpg
Old school house at South Gorley
South Gorley is located in Hampshire
South Gorley
South Gorley
 South Gorley shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU161097
Civil parish Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley
District New Forest
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RINGWOOD
Postcode district BH24
Dialling code 01590
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament New Forest West
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Coordinates: 50°53′11″N 1°46′19″W / 50.8865°N 1.7720°W / 50.8865; -1.7720

South Gorley is a hamlet in the New Forest National Park of Hampshire, England. Its nearest town is Ringwood, which lies approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) south-west of the hamlet.

The hamlet sits on the western boundary of the New Forest National Park, about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) south of North Gorley. The River Avon lies just to the west.

History[edit]

The name Gorley means "triangular wood/clearing".[1] In 1086 Osbern the Falconer held the manor of Gorley from the King.[2] The part which became South Gorley was for most of its history included in and followed the descent of Ibsley, in particular that part of Ibsley which John atte Bere had owned in the 14th century.[3] South Gorley was, unlike North Gorley, in the parish of Ibsley,[3] and it is now part of the civil parish of Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley. The old village school of Ibsley, built in 1874 by the Earl of Normanton, was at South Gorley.[3]

In 1902 the artist Heywood Sumner acquired a plot land at Cuckoo Hill near South Gorley. He designed and built a house there where he lived from 1904 until his death in 1940 at the age of 87. The house is now a care home.[4]

Notes[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Heywood Sumner, (1910), Cuckoo Hill: The Book of Gorley (1987 reprint: ISBN 0460047442)

External links[edit]

Media related to South Gorley at Wikimedia Commons