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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
June
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.

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.
** 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
June 2019
Friday, 7th - Lyndhurst, Verderers' Hall Open Day, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Friday, 21st - Exbury Gardens, The Secret Garden - open air performance, 7.00pm.
New Forest Gardens open to the public in 2019 through the National Garden Scheme

July 2019
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4th, 5th and 6th - Burley Village Hall, Burley Players' summer production (Amateur Dramatics), 7.30pm.
Friday, 12th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, Wild Rose (15), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
Wednesday, 24th - New Forest Reptile Centre, Wild Wednesday, 10.30am - 3.30pm. (Forestry Commission event).

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