Hampshire Treasures

Volume 5 ( New Forest)

Page 295 - Sopley

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The name Sopley is derived from "Sopelie" and the village was in existence in the eleventh century. The parish includes the smaller villages of Avon, Ripley and Shirley. The twelfth century parish church is set on a mound overlooking the River Avon. A tumulus about a mile from the village of Sopley is supposed to mark a battle between Saxons and Danes. Tyrell's Ford, across the River Avon at the village of Avon, is said to be where Sir Walter Tyrrell crossed the river on his way to France after killing William Rufus.

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