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Wherwell is located in Hampshire
 Wherwell shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU3891840929
Civil parish Wherwell
District Test Valley
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ANDOVER
Postcode district SP11
Dialling code 01794
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Romsey
List of places

Coordinates: 51°09′59″N 1°26′41″W / 51.166286°N 1.444775°W / 51.166286; -1.444775

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Wherwell is a village on the River Test in Hampshire, England.[1] The name may derive from its bubbling springs resulting in the Middle Ages place name “Hwerwyl” noted in AD 955, possibly meaning “kettle springs” or “cauldron springs.” Pronunciation of the name has ranged from “Hurrell” to “Wer-rel” to present-day “Wher-well.”[2]

Before the Dissolution, the parish of Wherwell was in the hands of an important abbey of Benedictine nuns, whose abbess was Lady of the Manor of an area much larger than the existing parish.


  1. ^ Richard Rowles, 2011, ‘’The Wherwell Village Website’’, http://www.wherwell.net/, © 2007.
  2. ^ Test Valley Borough Council, 2011, “Wherwell”, http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=356, Page Last Updated: 10/08/2005.

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