Defining ‘Pennington’

Before embarking on content development for PenningtonVillage.UK, we took some time to consider our definition of ‘Pennington’.

There are a number of potential directions to go in: historical records, electoral boundaries, natural landmarks and features, nature of land use, etc.

Looking at historical maps, Avon Water appears to be a consistent western boundary; the rear of the properties on the northern side of Sway Rd appear to create a consistent northern boundary; the Solent – of course –  provides the southern boundary.

The eastern boundary on Pennington, however, appears to have moved from time-to-time. The natural boundary is the stream that issues from Yaldhurst Copse and flows to the Solent near to Normandy Lane (which is referenced as a traditional boundary line by New Forest District Council in their Local Distinctiveness Report – see  link). We have not, so far, found any historical maps that identify this stream as the Pennington/Lymington boundary as far south as Normandy (once a hamlet in itself) though.

The eastern electoral boundary has, since at least 1866, been considered as west of the stream from the point that it reaches the intersection with Stanford hill. Per the 1866 map, it runs behind the properties along the east side of Stanford hill, and behind the properties of Lower Pennington Lane (including Pennington House) before reaching the marshes and the Solent. In modern times, the boundary runs along the centre of the road from the intersection, but reaches the Solent along Ridgeway Lane such that (although there have been fluctuations in the interim) Pennington can be said to have expanded overall.

Note that previously this electoral boundary was defined by the parliamentary boundary between Lymington and Ringwood (as Pennington was part of Ringwood Hundred), and is now a ward boundary (as now Pennington is part of Lymington & Pennington Parish).

For numerous reasons, the best of which is simplicity, we have therefore chosen to use the modern day ward boundary as our definition of Pennington. If this boundary were to change on the future as a result of reviews by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, we may choose not to recognise those changes on this website on the basis that the Commission’s goal is to ensure electoral equality rather than defining areas based on their accepted historical and geographical identities.

As well as being the simplest definition, using the electoral eastern boundary also allows us to directly reference ONS statistics where relevant to any subject matter without caveat.

Development (23 August 2016): since we began developing the site, we’ve found that there are businesses just metres outside of the modern Pennington Ward boundary who themselves identify as being within “Pennington”. These businesses would have been within Pennington based on the historic boundaries and as such we have added them to the site without caveat.




The PenningtonVillage.UK logo is also based on the Pennington electoral ward map: