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Not to be confused with Netley Marsh
Netley Church - - 22276.jpg
St Edward The Confessor, Netley
Grid reference: SU454085
Location: 50°52’27"N, 1°21’12"W
Local Government
Council: Eastleigh

Netley, sometimes referred to as Netley Abbey, is a village on the south coast of Hampshire. It stands on the east side of Southampton Water, south of Southampton.

Netley is flanked on the one side by the ruins of Netley Abbey and on the other by the Royal Victoria Country Park, which is the site of the old Royal Victoria Military Hospital (or Netley Hospital). The hospital was built after the Crimean War, and used extensively from 1863 through to Second World War and until its closure in 1979 when it was converted into a country park. It is located in the Parish of Hound, an area which also covers Butlocks Heath and Old Netley.

The name of the village is Old English, possibly from neat leag ('Calf meadow') or næt leag ('wet meadow'). It seems to be unrelated to Netley Marsh the other side of Southampton Water and its apparently legendary naming after a Dark Age British king.

About the village

The oldest part of Netley retains the feel of a somewhat old-fashioned and quaint village, with some traditional small shops, and rows of colourful terraced cottages. It is located along the shore of Southampton Water; the shingle beach looks across to Hythe and Calshot, although the vista is somewhat dominated by Fawley Oil Refinery.

Netley railway station

Away from the shore, larger estates of houses have developed over the years which have greatly increased Netley's population and blurred the boundary between Netley Abbey and Butlocks Heath, but the village still retains the feel of a small community. There were two schools linked to each other, called Netley Abbey Infant School and Netley Abbey & Butlocks Heath County Junior School; extensive building occurred onsite at the junior school in the late 1980s and the site now provides a Primary School for the village.

The Parish Church is St Edward The Confessor.

Netley railway station features hourly services to Southampton and Portsmouth.

Outside links

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about Netley)