The civil parish of Hursley is situated to the south west of Winchester in Hampshire and is part of Winchester City Council’s administrative area.
Ampfield Parish, part of Test Valley District, adjoins to the west, and Chandler’s Ford, part of Eastleigh Borough, to the south.
The parish, famous for both its connections with Richard Cromwell and John Keble (of Keble College, Oxford fame), is centred on the historic downland village of Hursley, which lies roughly mid-way between Winchester and Romsey on the A3090. Sometimes known as “The Village of Chimneys” because of the tall highly decorated rubbed brick chimneys, which decorate many of the older buildings, the village is home to IBM (UK) Laboratories, who occupy Hursley Park, the “Big House” of the village.
The parish has a comparatively small population, with about 700 electors, but is one of the largest, by area, in Hampshire and includes the settlements of Pitt, Standon, Ladwell, Farley Chamberlayne and Slackstead.