Pylewell House

Reflections: Pylewell Park – uncovering the story of a local landmark

IT was during my explorations and researches into the notebooks of the Rev. Henry Comyn (1777-1851), compiled whilst he was curate of Boldre parish between 1811 and 1817, that I became aware of the...

New Forest Notes: Uncovering the traces of the Roman occupation

UNTIL the last few decades virtually nothing was known about the occupation and use of the New Forest in Roman times. The exception to this was the use of the industrial area which occupied parts...
Newlands in Milford

Reflections: the remarkable life of Mary Anne Theresa Symonds

THIS is a story where several quite disparate threads coalesce in a single place and that place is Newlands in the parish of Milford. It also occurred at a critical time in our nation’s...

From Our Files: Mrs Brotherton’s in khaki again, police shortage, and a ‘dreadful’ footbridge

75 YEARS AGO FIFTY-YEAR-OLD Mrs G. M. Brotherton, of Burley, is in khaki again. A Women’s Legion Ambulance driver in the last war, she volunteered for the ATS in 1941 and is now a sergeant. Her...
Brice Stratford from Lyndhurst

Author hunting tall tales and scary stories from the New Forest

TALL tales and scary stories are being hunted by a researcher looking to round up the myths and legends of the New Forest into a new book. Brice Stratford, who lives in Lyndhurst, is appealing...

From Our Files: Lymington submarine hero, Hitler’s nose, and a noisy cockerel

75 YEARS AGO Paymaster Lieut. Bill Johnson, RNVR, well-known in Lymington amateur dramatic and tennis circles before the war, when he was on the staff of Lloyds Bank, took part in the greatest and most...
Toby Hoad directing his Comtois mares Fleur and Celine

New Forest conservationists step back in time with pair of heavy horses

AN AWARD-winning conservation charity has taken a step back in time after recruiting a team of heavy horses to deliver timber for their first charcoal burn of the season. Pondhead Conservation Trust was set up...
MP Tobias Ellwood, Dr Henry Goodall and Second World War veteran Laurie Weede

Modern technology tells stirring story of RAF’s New Forest airfields

NEW state-of-the-art displays telling the story of New Forest airfields during the Second World War has been unveiled at a memorial and heritage centre in Bransgore. The Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA) welcomed...

From Our Files: a soldier dress thief, prisoner promoted, and a Lyndhurst queues solution?

75 YEARS AGO EVIDENCE that an alleged absentee was wearing women’s clothing, including a fur coat, was given at Lymington Borough police court, when a fusilier was remanded in custody by the Mayor, charged with...

Villagers discover grave of naval hero who inspired Nelson to win Battle of Trafalgar

IN an unmarked grave in a corner of All Saints Church in Milford lies a man worshipped by Nelson as his greatest mentor, life-saver and inspiration to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. One of...
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