Widley is an area of the
Greater Portsmouthconurbation in the south of Englandnear Waterloovilleand Purbrook. It is on the dipslope of the South Downsjust north of the ridge called Portsdown Hill.
The original village of Widley stood approx 1 mile to the west of the current centre, around the site of the present Widley Farm. The settlement moved to be sited on the then newly built
Coshamto Horndean turnpikeroad at the time of the building of the Portsdown forts and Christ Church, which was built as a place of worship for soldiers based in the forts. Remains of the village's former chapel can be found close to Widley Farm, members of Charles Dickensfamily are buried in the graveyard.
Politically, the majority of Widley is part of Havant Borough Council. However, a small strip to the south is part of the City of
Portsmouthunitary authority and the most western parts (including Widley Farm) are in the Southwick and Widley parish of WinchesterCity Council.
* [http://www.christchurchportsdown.org Christ Church Portsdown]
* [http://www.portsdown-tunnels.org.uk Portsdown Tunnels]
* [http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/f/fort_southwick/index.shtml Fort Southwick]
* [http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/f/fort_widley/index.shtml Fort Widley]
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