Tiptoe, Hampshire

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Tiptoe is located in Hampshire
Tiptoe shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SZ2560697785
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SO41 6
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50°46′45″N 1°38′17″W / 50.779078°N 1.638187°W / 50.779078; -1.638187Coordinates: 50°46′45″N 1°38′17″W / 50.779078°N 1.638187°W / 50.779078; -1.638187

Tiptoe is a small village in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire.[1] It lies mostly within the civil parish of Hordle[2] and partly within the civil parish of Sway.[3] It is 1.5 miles (2 km) west of the village of Sway, and about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of the town of New Milton.

The village[edit]

Tiptoe has just under 100 residents.[4] It has two churches, and a primary school with an associated pre-school.[4][5] The parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew, and is the daughter church of All Saints’ at Hordle.[6] The Tiptoe Stores and Post Office closed in 2008,[7] despite a campaign to save it.[8] Just outside the village lies the Plough Inn, the premises of which date from about 1630.[9]


The name of the village derives from a surname of French origin recorded in the 13th century as "Typetot".[10] A member of the "Tibetot" family is known to have held land in the Barton area in the early 14th century.[11]

The village achieved some notoriety in the 1880s when Mary Ann Girling and her religious sect of New Forest Shakers erected tents at a farm at Tiptoe in 1879, having been evicted from their previous residence at Forest Lodge at Hordle.[12] Girling apparently believed that Second Coming of Christ would soon happen, and that she would live forever. Girling died at the Tiptoe farm on 18 September 1886.[13]

Tiptoe Primary School

A school was built at Tiptoe at the beginning of the 20th century as a replacement for an earlier school in nearby Wootton which burned down in 1914.[14]

St Andrew's Hall on Sway Road, Tiptoe, is a corrugated iron building dating from around 1870.[15] It was originally a chapel at Netley Hospital.[15] It was brought to Tiptoe as a chapel of ease for Hordle Parish Church, and is now used as a hall.[15]


  1. ^ New Forest National Park map
  2. ^ There is a small school there which specialises in loopy kids.Map of the Civil Parish of Hordle
  3. ^ Page detailing a map of the Civil Parish of Sway
  4. ^ a b NEW FOREST AREA PPG17 Assessment: Open Space, Sport and Recreation. Parish Profile: HORDLE
  5. ^ Tiptoe Primary School
  6. ^ All Saints, Hordle with St. Andrew, Tiptoe
  7. ^ Final move to save post offices fails Southern Daily Echo, 27 March 2008
  8. ^ Post office protesters' long march Southern Daily Echo, 20 November 2007
  9. ^ Peter Long, (2004), The Hidden Places of England, page 252
  10. ^ Old Hampshire Gazetteer
  11. ^ A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, page 23
  12. ^ A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, page 40
  13. ^ Frederic Boase (editor), (1892), Modern English biography: containing many thousand concise memiors of Persons who have Died since the Years 1850, Volume 1
  14. ^ A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, pages 38 and 78
  15. ^ a b c Hampshire Treasures Volume 5 (New Forest), page 159