In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hordle like this:
HORDLE, or HORDWELL, a village, a tything, and a parish, in Lymington district, Hants. The village stands on an eminence, near the coast, 4 miles S W of Lymington town and r. station; had salt works at Domesday; and commands a fine view of the Needles and the Isle of Wight. The tything includes the village; and its real property is £983. The parish includes also the hamlets of Arnwood, Downton, and Tiptoe, and the fortress of Hurst Castle. Acres, 4, 385; of which 505 are water. Post town, Lymington. ...
Real property, £3, 219. Pop., 921. Houses, 197. The property is much subdivided. Hordle House, Arnwood, and Downton are chief residences. The coast is suffering abrasion by the sea; and a line of cliffs on it is rich in fossils, and possesses much interest for geologists. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £90. * Patron, Queen's College, Oxford. The old church stood near the village, and has been taken down; but the churchyard remains. The new church stands in a more central situation, was built in 1831, and has a tower. There are a Baptist chapel and a national school. See Hurst Castle.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Hordle has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of New Forest. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Hordle and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hordle, in New Forest and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st March 2015
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