Mottisfont

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Mottisfont
Hampshire
Location
Grid reference: SU324268
Location: 51°2’22"N, 1°32’14"W
Data
Population: 351  (2001[1])
Post town: Romsey
Postcode: SO51
Dialling code: 01794
Local Government
Council: Test Valley
Parliamentary
constituency:
Romsey and Southampton North

Mottisfont is a village and parish in the Test Valley of Hampshire, approximately five miles north-west of Romsey. The village is best known as the location of Mottisfont Abbey. Much of the surrounding land, which is part of the Mottisfont Estate, and several other buildings in the village, are in the care of the National Trust.

The unusual name is probably derived from the Old English motes funta, meaning 'spring near the confluence' or 'spring of the moot' or possibly 'spring of the stone' (from the Old English motere: sonte).

Mottisfont formerly had a railway station on the Sprat and Winkle Line, which closed in the 1960s. The nearby Dunbridge station on the Wessex Main Line has been renamed as Mottisfont and Dunbridge. The Test Way and Monarch's Way long-distance footpaths pass through the village.

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