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National Gazetteer (1868) - Boldre

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"BOLDRE, (or Bolder), a parish in the hundred of Christchurch and New Forest, Lymington division of the county of Southampton, 2 miles to the N. of Lymington, its post town, and 2 from the Beaulieu station on the South-Western railway. A branch line has been recently opened from Brockenhurst station to Lymington. It is situated in an elevated and picturesque district, and includes the chapelries of South Baddesley, Sway, and East Boldre, and the hamlets of Battramsley, Piney, Warborne, and Walhampton. The prospects from various points are very fine, over the Isle of Wight and the Channel, from the Needles to Spithead.

The living is a vic* in the diocese of Winchester, of the value, with the curacy of Lymington and Brockenhurst annexed to it, of £394, in the patronage of the Rev. C. Shrubb. The church, a Norman edifice, with a low tower, is dedicated to St. John, and contains a piscina, an old font, and a monument to William Gilpin, formerly vicar of the parish. He was author of several interesting works, amongst which are the "Life of Bernard Gilpin," Picturesque Tours in the New Forest, &c., and "Remarks on Forest Scenery." He also founded a free school here for 40 children of both sexes, and at his death gave a collection of his sketches for its endowment. The income of the school is about £85 per annum. There are some other charities of small amount. The Baptists have a chapel in the town. Bolder Wood is distinct from Boldre, and is distant about 9 miles in the Forest, where formerly the Marchioness of Londonderry resided for a time; it is now made a keeper's lodge. "BATTRAMSLEY, a tything in the parish of Boldre and hundred of Christchurch, in the county of Southampton, 6 miles to the S.E. of Ringwood. It is situated in the New Forest. "PILLEY-WITH-WARBORNE, a tything in the parish of Boldre, county Hants, 2 miles N. of Lymington. "SOUTH BADDESLEY, a tything in the parish of Boldre, New Forest hundred, in the Lymington division of the county of Southampton, 2 miles to the E. of Lymington. Romsey is its post town. It lies near the coast. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Winchester, value £100, in the patronage of P. W. Freeman, Esq. The spot on which the chapel stands was the site of a Preceptory of the Knights Templars. "SWAY, a tything and ecclesiastical district in the parish of Boldre, county Hants, 4 miles N.W. of Lymington. It is situated on Avon Water. "WALHAMPTON, a tything in the parish of Boldre, county Hants, 1 mile N.E. of Lymington. "WARBORNE, a tything in the parish of Boldre, county Hants, 2 miles N. of Lymington. It is joined with Pilley."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]