Here are a number of fascinating old pictures showing Hurst Castle and elements of the settlement that once existed alongside. What a wild old place this must have been in those far off days.
Hurst Castle shown on an 18th century print - notice the building to the right, on the Spit, which was one of a number present at that time
Hurst Castle shown on a print dating back to 1809.
Details of the castle differ slightly when compared to the previous
print, but the building on the right is substantially changed. Artist's license!
Although titled 'Hurst Castle, Lymington River',
this 1834 print shows shipping close to Hurst Spit, and provides a tantalising glimpse of the spit settlement
Hurst Castle seen here on a print produced in 1842 - notice the form of the old foreground lighthouse and the presence of a second lighthouse behind the building also shown on the 18th century print (above)
New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene and an important element of the local economy. But 65 were killed and 18 injured on the roads in 2012. Always take care, then, when driving.