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Christchurch, Hampshire One Place Study

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Location: Christchurch, Hampshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Christchurch, Hampshire One Place Study

This profile is part of the Christchurch, Hampshire One Place Study.
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This OPS of Christchurch was inspired by obtaining a book, created for the new millenium,[1] on Christchurch-Twynham. Originally the harbour and settlement place at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour was probably called "Tweoncam", meaning the place between the two rivers. Nearby, there was estabished a church (with nine chapels) from about the 7th century, to be a missionary centre for the area. It developed into the Priory of Christchurch, round which the town of Christchurch gradually grew and developed.


Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Sovereign State: England
County: Dorset
Historic County: Hampshire
GPS Coordinates: 50.73, -1.78
Elevation: 0.0 m or 0.0 feet

Christchurch district

The research notes on Ripley (and other Hampshire ADEY family locations) have been moved to this Christchurch (district) One-Place Study to be complete.

Sopley parish

"SOPLEY, a parish in the hundred of Christchurch, Ringwood division of county Hants, 6 miles S. of Ringwood, its post town, and 2 N. of Christchurch. The village, which is considerable, is situated on the eastern bank of the river Avon. The parish includes the townships of Avon, Ripley, and Shirley. A short distance from the village is a ford by which Sir Walter Tyrrel[2][3] is said to have passed to Poole when making his escape after the death of William Rufus[4] in the New Forest. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester, value £230. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, has a square tower surmounted by a spire and containing five bells. The interior contains [of] several monuments, some of which are of great antiquity. The parochial charities produce about £12 per annum. There are schools for both sexes. The Independents have a place of worship."[5]

Ripley hamlet

RIPLEY, a tything in Sopley parish, Hants; 4¼ miles N of Christchurch. Pop., 258. Ripley through time. Ripley is now part of New Forest district.

Ripley Independent Chapel

The chapel was marked on large scale (historic) maps, on the left side of the road from Ripley cross-roads towards North Ripley, just after Ripley Farm.





  1. "The Makers of Christchurch: a thousand year history" by Michael Stannard, published: Natula Publications, 5 St Margaret's Av., Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1JD
  2. WikiTree: Gauthier (Tirel) Tyrell (abt.1060-abt.1136)
  3. Wikipedia: Walter Tyrrell III (1065 – some time after 1100), the “Red Knight of Normandie”(also called Tyrell, Tyrrell, Thurold, Turold; French Gaultier or Gautier Tirel)
  4. WikiTree: William Rufus (Normandie) of England (abt.1060-1100)
  5. The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

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