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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
July
Silver-washed fritillary butterflies brighten many woodland rides.
Bird song subsides as the annual moult begins, old worn feathers are cast off and new replacements grown.
Wild gladiolus plants bloom. (In the UK, this species is found only in the New Forest).
Dragonflies and Damselflies take to the wing in ever increasing numbers.

August
Heather blossom produces huge swathes of heathland colour, adding to the pinks and purples of earlier flowering cross-leaved heath and bell heather.
Fallow, red and sika deer antlers, when fully grown, are cleaned of velvet in preparation for the autumn rut.
New Forest pony drifts - the annual round-ups - begin.
Marsh gentian blooms add splashes of blue to some of the wetter heathlands.
** 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 **
The Glorious New Forest
New Forest ponies in the road
New Forest ponies in the road
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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley