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Brockenhurst in old pictures

Here is a selection of old pictures showing Brockenhurst in days-gone-by. Much of what appears in these charming images remains visible today, although inevitable changes have been imposed by the passage of time.

Brockenhurst - an idyllic scene as a pony takes a drink at the water splash, a nearby horse-drawn wagon delivers beer - it is marked 'Strong and Co of Romsey, Brewers' - whilst a child watches on from a vantage point atop the bridge railings
Brockenhurst - an idyllic scene as a pony takes a drink at the water
splash, a nearby horse-drawn wagon delivers beer - it is marked
'Strong and Co of Romsey, Brewers' - whilst a child watches
on from a vantage point atop the bridge railings
Brockenhurst water splash - a perennially popular scene, this from the 1920s
Brockenhurst water splash - a perennially
popular scene, this from the 1920s
The water splash again - a picture from the 1930s
The water splash again -
a picture from the 1930s
Brockenhurst water splash has attracted artists as well as photographers
Brockenhurst water splash has
attracted artists as well as photographers
Brockenhurst water splash - another 1930s or maybe 1940s scene
Brockenhurst water splash -
another 1930s or maybe 1940s scene
Brockenhurst - Brookley Road in the early 20th century
Brockenhurst - Brookley Road in the early 20th century
Brockenhurst - Brookley Road - an image probably from the 1930s
Brockenhurst - Brookley Road
(an image probably from the 1930s)
An early image of Brookley Road, looking in the opposite direction from those above
An early image of Brookley Road, looking
in the opposite direction from those above
Brookley Road again - another early image
Brookley Road again -
another early image
Brockenhurst level crossing and the now defunct Morant Arms as they were in 1906
Brockenhurst level crossing and the now defunct
Morant Arms as they were in 1906
Brockenhurst - the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the early 20th century
Brockenhurst -
the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the early 20th century
Brockenhurst - the Cloud Hotel in the early 20th century (it was then known as the St. Cloud Hotel)
Brockenhurst - the Cloud Hotel in the early 20th century
(it was then known as the St. Cloud Hotel)
Brockenhurst - Ivy Bridge seen here in 1909
Brockenhurst - Ivy Bridge seen here in 1909
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New Forest seasonal highlights
September
Dragonflies and damselflies remain on the wing and so do butterflies, but in ever decreasing numbers.
Hen harriers and other autumn and winter visiting birds begin to arrive in the Forest.
New Forest fungi - mushrooms and toadstools increasingly appear in the woods.
Red deer start to noisily rut as stags roar songs of love across favoured heaths.


October
Ancient, unenclosed woodlands and broad-leaved inclosures increasingly take on colourful autumnal hues.
Grey squirrels frantically seek out and store acorns for use during the cold days of winter.
Fallow deer boisterously rut for two or three weeks around the middle of the month before the bucks leave the does and eventually re-form their own male-only 'buck herds'.
** New Forest ponies **
New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%. And in the full year, 63 animals were killed on the roads compared to 56 in 2017.
** Always take care when driving **
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
September 2019
Up to Sunday 15th - Exbury Gardens, Look Twice Artists' Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Sunday, 8th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Royal British Legion Band Concert, 3.00pm.
Friday, 13th - Verderers' Hall Open Day, Lyndhurst, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Sunday, 29th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, The Rhythm Tea Dance, 2.00pm - 6.00pm.

October 2019
Throughout the month - St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection.
Saturday, 5th - New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Hedgerow Berries and Winter ills, 10.30am - 3.00pm. Advanced booking is essential.
Saturday 26th - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.

For further details, view the full New Forest What's on programme.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley