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South Gorley

Coordinates: 50°53′11″N 1°46′19″W / 50.8865°N 1.7720°W / 50.8865; -1.7720
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South Gorley
Old school house at South Gorley
South Gorley is located in Hampshire
South Gorley
South Gorley
Location within Hampshire
OS grid referenceSU161097
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBH24
Dialling code01590
PoliceHampshire and Isle of Wight
FireHampshire and Isle of Wight
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
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. It is 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 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.


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]


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