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Brockenhurst: The site of the railway station, and the Parish Church of St. Nicholas - Richardson, King, Driver and Driver's late 18th century / early 19th century map

Brockenhurst station and church - Richardson, King, Driver and Driver map

Richardson, King, Driver and Driver's map

Maps are used throughout the New Forest Explorers' Guide to illustrate the changing face of the New Forest. The earliest of these was published in 1814 at a scale of 4 inches to the mile (6.3 centimetres to the kilometre), by Richardson, King, Driver and Driver. This was, though, a revised edition of the first reasonably accurate, large scale map of the New Forest, published in 1789 by the first three of those named.

The 1814 edition relied substantially upon the survey undertaken for the 1789 map, and was updated primarily to reflect relatively limited revisions to forestry inclosures. It therefore largely depicts the New Forest as it was immediately prior to 1789, rather than in 1814.

Note: On this map, the letter ‘L’ refers to lands held on leasehold from the Crown, whilst the letter ‘i’ is used to show incroachments, or parcels of land taken illegally from the Forest.

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
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).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
New Forest seasonal highlights
Bluebells and other wild flowers brighten the woods, usually in relatively small numbers.
Bird song can be heard throughout the day but is at its loudest at dawn and, to a lesser extent, dusk.
Foals are born in increasing numbers and can be seen beside ever-attentive mares.
Dragonflies are more frequently observed on the wing as spring progresses.

Badgers can now often be watched above ground well before darkness falls.
Deer - fallow, red, roe, sika and muntjac deer are all present - give birth, although the youngsters are unlikely to be noticed until July.
Heath spotted-orchids add delicate pink colour to many of the heaths.
Hobbies, dashing birds of prey, can often be seen aloft, hawking for insects.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley