"WIDLEY, a parish in the hundred of Portsdown, county Hants, 5 miles N.E. of Fareham, and 4 of Portsmouth. It includes the principal part of the village of Cosham. The soil is fertile, resting upon a substratum of limestone, which is quarried. A considerable portion of the parish is woodland. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester, value with the vicarage of Wymering annexed, £678. The church is dedicated to St. Mary, and has been enlarged. There are two schools, and a chapel for Independents at Cosham. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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