Old school house at South Gorley
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South Gorley is a hamlet in the New Forest National Park of Hampshire, England. At the 2011 Census the population was included in the civil parish of Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley. Its nearest town is Ringwood, which lies approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) south-west of the hamlet.
The name Gorley means "triangular wood/clearing". In 1086 Osbern the Falconer held the manor of Gorley from the King. 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. South Gorley was, unlike North Gorley, in the parish of Ibsley, 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.
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.
- Heywood Sumner, (1910), Cuckoo Hill: The Book of Gorley (1987 reprint: ISBN 0460047442)
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