Widley is an area of the Greater Portsmouth conurbation in the south of England near Waterlooville and Purbrook. It is on the dip slope of the South Downs just 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 Cosham to Horndean turnpike road 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 Dickens family 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 Portsmouth unitary authority and the most western parts (including Widley Farm) are in the Southwick and Widley parish of Winchester City Council.

External links

* [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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