In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Widley like this:
WIDLEY, a parish in Fareham district, Hants; under Portsdown hill, 1¾ mile N by E of Cosham r. station, and 4 NNE of Portsmouth. It includes Potwell village and part of Cosham, the latter of which has a post-office, designated Cosham, Hants. Acres, 1,090. Real property, £2,664. Pop. in 1851, 565; in 1861, 725. Houses, 129. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory, united with Wymering, in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £678.* Patron, the Rev. G. Nagée. The church has been rebuilt.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Widley, in Portsmouth and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd December 2014
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