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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hordle, in New Forest and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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