In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Boldre like this:
BOLDRE, a village and a parish in Lymington district, Hants. The village stands on the Lymington river, near the Lymington branch railway, 2½ miles N of Lymington; and has a post office under Lymington. -The parish includes also the tythings of South Baddesley, Battramsley, Pilley and Warborne, Sway and Walhampton. ...
Acres, 11,950; of which 1,780 are water. Real property, exclusive of the parts within Lymington Borough, £9,810. Pop., 2,842. Houses, 605. The property is much subdivided. Fully one-half of the surface, comprising 180 acres in Wilberley-walk, 655 in Rhinefield-walk, 1,580 in Whitley-Ridge-walk, and 3,680 in Lady-Cross-walk, is in the New Forest. BoldreWood House is now used as a keeper's cottage; and Walhampton House belongs to the Burrard family. Many parts contain fine close scenery; and some spots command extensive brilliant views. The parts within a line from Eastend bridge through Boldre church, to the west bank of Lymington river, are within Lymington parliamentary borough. The living is a vic., united with the cur. of Lymington, and till 1864 to that of Brockenhurst, in the diocese. of Winchester. Value, £394.* Patron, the Rev.Shrubb. The church stands on a hillock, embowered among trees, about a mile from the village; is early English, much altered by restorations; has a singularly-placed tower; contains a well-preserved piscina, a monumental bust of Kemp, who represented Lymington in the time of Charles I., and the remains and monument of the Rev. Wm. Gilpin, author of "Forest Scenery;" and was the marriage-place of Southey to his second wife, Caroline Bowles. East Boldre p. curacy is a separate benefice; was constituted in 1840; and is in the patronage of the Bishop of Winchester, with income of £100.* The chapelries of Sway and Baddesley also are separate benefices. There is a Baptist chapel. A school, founded and endowed by Gilpin, has £87 a year. Gilpin was vicar during thirty years, and died in 1804.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Boldre, in New Forest and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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