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Fordingbridge

A pleasant town beside the River Avon

Fordingbridge - High Street and the Victorian town hall
Fordingbridge - High Street and
the Victorian town hall

Fordingbridge, a quiet country town on the western edge of the New Forest, got its name from a historic river crossing - Domesday Book had it simply as Forde and the 'bridge' has subsequently been added.

Fordingbridge: distance from Lyndhurst - 13½ miles (22 kilometres)

Fordingbridge - did you know?
The largely 13th century church of St. Mary the Virgin has in its porch a large wooden notice commemorating the 17th century establishment of the 'Sandy Balls Charity'. It begins: 'By indenture bearing the date the 16th February 1638 John Doddington of Breamore...did give and grant...'.

Fordingbridge shopping therapy
The many local shops include suppliers of those little essentials so easily forgotten when setting off on holiday.

Pubs - yes, of course

Fordingbridge's seven-arch bridge at the entrance to the town
Fordingbridge's seven-arch bridge
at the entrance to the town

Restaurants - oh yes

Theatre - provided by Fordingbridge Players

Fordingbridge Museum
Operated by the Fordingbridge Museum Trust and definitely worth a visit.

Children's play parks - yes, including one right beside the River Avon, close to the main bridge

The bridge over the River Avon
Positioned at the entrance to the town, the original bridge pre-dated the mid-13th century, whilst significant alterations took place in the 19th century. Today, its seven graceful stone arches continue to defy the passage of time and swirling waters.

Open spaces - for football, cricket, rounders and relaxing - conveniently close to the play park.

New Forest Water Park - for waterskiing, wakeboarding, etc. is nearby

Riverside and other walks - yes

(Images:
Fordingbridge Town Hall (Mike Faherty) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Fordingbridge: the bridge over the River Avon (Chris Dennis) / CC BY-SA 2.0 ).

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley