Place:Pennington, Hampshire, England

Alt namesEffordsource: hamlet in parish
Gordlestonsource: hamlet in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates50.75°N 1.556°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoMilford, Hampshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a chapelry until 1911
Lymington Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1932
Lymington, Hampshire, Englandmunicipal borough in which it was located 1932-1974
New Forest District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Pennington is a village in Hampshire, England. It is situated near the town of Lymington, and has been since 1974 in the civil parish of Lymington and Pennington. The settlement is located in the southern part of the New Forest, near the shore of the Solent.


Pennington is now mainly a residential suburb of Lymington, but it was for centuries a separate manor. The manor is recorded as "Penyton" in the 12th century, and "Penington" in 1272. The origin of the name is not known, but it might mean "Penny Farm". The manor of Pennington was held in the 13th century by the de Clares, whose descendants continued to be overlords till it passed to the Crown following the execution of the Earl of Salisbury in 1499. At the beginning of the 14th century, John de Acton, who held the manor for a knight's fee from the de Clares, split the estate into three parts, conveying two of the parts to John Neyrnoit or Nervett, and keeping one for himself. John Nervett soon re-granted one of the parts back to John de Acton, but henceforth, the estate was generally divided into thirds. That which John Nervett owned became known, from the 16th century onwards, as the manor of Pennington Narvett.

Two mediaeval mills at Efford and Gordleston still exist as places and names. There was also a chantry chapel at Pennington, the earliest known record of which dates from 1285. The advowson of the chapel seems to have belonged to the three lords of Pennington, and the chapel was dedicated to Mary Magdalene. The last-mentioned record of the chapel shows that it survived the confiscations of 1547–8 (later stages of the Dissolution of the Monasteries of the 1530s). The first parish church in Pennington, dedicated to Saint Mark, was erected in 1839. The church was replaced with the current building around 1858-60.

Pennington was originally a chapelry in the ancient parish of Milford. A Milford and Pennington Parish Council was created in 1894 and Pennington became a separate civil parish within Lymington Rural District in 1911. However, in 1932, Pennington was absorbed by Lymington Municipal Borough, and it is now part of Lymington and Pennington Town Council in the non-metropolitan New Forest District of Hampshire.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 5, chapter on Milford.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons

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