Reflections: Early New Forest churches with ancient origins

THE early New Forest churches are characterised by two qualities: the first is that the sites chosen tended to be on elevated mounds or ridges and the second is poverty. We must assume they were...

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...
Rocket Post

Jet-pack postie recreates German’s cross-Solent rocket delivery bid

A ROCKET-PROPELLED postman flew from the New Forest to the Isle of Wight to recreate delivery of letters that got lost in the mail during a madcap enterprise nearly 85 years ago. The cross-Solent stunt...

Iron Age discovery could rewrite ancient story of the New Forest

AN archaeological dig at Matley Heath in the New Forest has unearthed evidence of the first human settlements in the area. Analysis of charcoal found in what was believed to be an Iron Age hillfort...

From Our Files: party politics, in court for work lateness, and New Forest rat-running

75 YEARS AGO ADDRESSING members of Lymington and District Men’s Conservative club at the annual meeting on Friday of last week, Mr W. D. Braithwaite, Chairman of New Forest Conservative Association, said that whilst the...

From Our Files: battleship wants a bicycle, farming on the Forest, and a rave...

75 YEARS AGO THE crew of HMS Obedient, the destroyer which our Borough has adopted, wants a bicycle! This fact was disclosed to the Mayor (Alderman E. Knight) on Thursday in last week, when two officers...

From Our Files: digging for victory, cannabis in the Commons, and a rector resigns

75 YEARS AGO SIXTEEN million employees are going to receive a new Income Tax form. They do not have to fill it up and send it back: the tax offices have filled it up for...

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...
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...

Town council names-promise unlocks permission for Ringwood war memorial revamp

REFURBISHING Ringwood’s war memorial has been given the go-ahead after promises by the town council not to change the presentation of the names. The scheme for the Grade II listed structure in Christchurch Road was...
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