Genealogy in Sopley (including Avon, Ripley, & Shirley) Hampshire England

Sopley is a charming village with a mill mentioned in "Domesday". Today, the mill is a restaurant and close by on a mound is the 13th century church of St Michael and All Saints which has a fascinating oak beam interior. The Avon Valley Path passes the 17th century Woolpack Inn and enters Sopley Park by the Clock House and the old well.
see British History Online        see Genuki page about Sopley       Sopley is in Christchurch Registration district.

 The LDS Family History Library Catalogue has several films of Sopley (CofE) vital records.

Some of my ancestors were baptised in "Independant" Chapels such as Ringwood Lower Meeting House, and it's Ripley chapel;
as well as Lymington  and Christchurch Independant Meeting Houses.
For example, there were KEFFIN, LEGG, & NECKLAND/NICKLAND  baptisms at the Ripley Independent Chapel 1819+

My ancestors and relatives who lived in Sopley include:

SURNAMESpreviously fromearliest Sopley ancestral eventlatest ancestor from Sopley1841 census
Sopley area
NECKLEN, NICKLAND, NICKLEN, NICHOLAS, NICHOLANDCranborne Dorset       c. 15623XG-GF Henry baptised by Esther in 1782.  Married Elizabeth Freeman in 1839.2XG-GF William 1813-1882 **3XG-GF Henry at Ripley
4XG Uncle Joseph at Shirley
HISCOCK?5XG-GF William c.1725 married Sarah SAUNDERS in 17463XG-GM Jane 1783-18294XG Uncles James & Stephen & families
LEGG?5XG-GF Stephen baptised by John & Mary in 1701.  He married Ann POPE in 1749.4XG-GM Ann 1753-1808many in Sopley
SAUNDERS, SANDERSRingwood6XG-GF John baptised by John & Eliza in 1689.  Daughter Sarah married William Hiscock.5XG-GM Sarah 1717-?several in Sopley
POPE?5XG-GM Anne baptised by Francis & Elizabeth in  1730.  She married Stephen LEGG in 1749.5XG-GM Ann 1730-1794cousin Thomas & others at Sopley
FREEMANRingwoodJames baptised by William & Mary in 1740.   Daughter Elizabeth married Henry NICKLAND in 1839Charity 1778-1859

Relatives were also in the adjoining parishes of Milford and Lymington (both in Lymington Registration district)

** 2XG-GF William 1813 was a single manservant at Winterbourne Came Dorset in 1841, and married Jane HOOPER there in 1847.
They lived at Winterbourne Came until William died in 1882

compiled 2008 by Neville Thomas email address

old map of Sopley area