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St Marys Church Michelmersh.jpg
St Mary's Church, Michelmersh
Michelmersh is located in Hampshire
Michelmersh shown within Hampshire
Population 735 [1]
881 (2011 Census including Kimbridge)[2]
OS grid reference SU346261
Civil parish
  • Michelmersh & Timsbury
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ROMSEY
Postcode district SO51
Dialling code 01794
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°02′00″N 1°30′29″W / 51.03323°N 1.50794°W / 51.03323; -1.50794Coordinates: 51°02′00″N 1°30′29″W / 51.03323°N 1.50794°W / 51.03323; -1.50794

Michelmersh is a small, scattered village in Hampshire, England some three miles (4.8 km) north of Romsey.

It forms a civil parish with Timsbury that forms part of the Test Valley district. The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath crosses the parish, passing through the churchyard of the 12th century St Mary's Church. The Georgian former rectory, Michelmersh Court, is Grade II* listed [3] and was for many years the home of Sir David and Lady Carina Frost.[4]

The parish is located to the east of the River Test on the northern edge of the Hampshire Basin, with chalk in the north.[5] To the south and east of the village this is overlain by Palaeocene sands and clays of the Lambeth Group. At the southern are younger deposits of Eocene age, sloping from a ridge of the Nursling sands into a valley of London Clay.[5] It has a brick and tile works,[6] and extensive former sand pits on Casbrook Common, now used as a landfill site.

The name Michelmersh is derived from the Old English micel + mersc, meaning ' large marsh'.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

Michelmersh is known for being one of the main locations for the filming of the 1980s British TV series Worzel Gummidge. Other locations include nearby villages of Stockbridge, King's Somborne and Braishfield.[8]

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  1. ^ "Parish Headcounts, Area: Michelmersh CP (includes Timsbury)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for Natgional Statistics. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. ^ British Listed Buildings: Michelmersh Court
  4. ^ "For sale: the stunning Hampshire home of Sir David Frost". Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ a b British Geological Survey, 2002, England & Wales Sheet 299: Winchester, 1:50,000 Geology Series, Keyworth, Nottingham:British Geological Survey, ISBN 0-7518-3340-1
  6. ^ "Michelmersh Brick and Tile Company". Archived from the original on 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  7. ^ Mills, A.D: A Dictionary of English Place-Names, page 229. Oxford University Press, 1991.
  8. ^ "Worzel Gummidge (TV)". 3 March 2016.