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The rise and fall of New Milton country estate Fernhill Manor

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THE Fernhill area of Milton Parish, today lies just to the north of the railway station. The history of Fernhill Manor is a long and fascinating one.

It is one of the few areas of Milton where the records and information held stretch back centuries, writes Nick Saunders.

The 1086 Domesday book entry tells us that in the reign of Edward the Confessor the land, named Fernehelle, was owned by a Saxon called Godric. In pre-conquest times it was assessed as being three virgates in size. A virgate is a variable measure but is roughly about 30-40 acres.

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