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Lyndhurst in old pictures - charming country cottages

Attractive country cottages, many of them thatched, enhance the New Forest landscape and have attracted artists and photographers since Victorian times. Indeed, for over 100 years, pictures of many of these delightful buildings have been used to grace postcards so eagerly purchased by visitors to the area. Here are a small number of examples of cottage images from around Lyndhurst and neighbouring Swan Green.

An idyllic, typically English scene: thatched cottages on the road to Brockenhurst
An idyllic, typically English scene:
thatched cottages on the road to Brockenhurst

The more prominent cottage shown on the right, above, is believed to be Beechen Cottage, a little to the south of Goose Green, on the Lyndhurst to Brockenhurst road. A modern view is here. If that's the case, then the more distant cottage on the left, also (I think) shown again in the winter scene further down the page, and now no longer present, is probably the old turnpike gate house close to Foxlease Bridge.

A wayside cottage near Lyndhurst. Could this be the same cottage as that shown alongside, albeit at an earlier date?
A wayside cottage near Lyndhurst -
the same cottage as that shown alongside.
Captioned on the postcard as 'Old thatched cottage, Lyndhurst', this building is remarkably similar to that shown previously.
Captioned on the postcard as 'Old thatched cottage, Lyndhurst' - the postcard was in circulation by 1917 so the date of the image is no later that that.

And the location of the wayside cottage shown above? Well, thanks to James Sapsard it has been identified as belonging to the Midforest Veterinary Practice, situated opposite the entrance to Foxlease (on the Brockenhurst road). An up-to-date image is shown here, together with the later additions to the right of the original building. (James remembers delivering the Echo there, back in the 1960's, when it was the home of Mrs. Devonshire). The lane running alongside is Beechen Lane, leading to Hillary Close and on to Pondhead and Park Ground Inclosures.

Lyndhurst - an early 20th century winter scene
Lyndhurst - an early 20th century winter scene
A donkey cart and fallen roadside timber on and beside what is now the A35 at Swan Green, to the west of Lyndhurst. (Ordnance Survey maps in 1870 and 1898 showed a smithy close to the low building with smoke billowing from the chimney. Presumably that is it).
A donkey cart and fallen roadside timber on
and beside what is now the A35 at Swan Green,
to the west of Lyndhurst. Ordnance Survey
maps in 1870 and 1898 showed a smithy close
to the low building with smoke billowing from
the chimney. Presumably that is it).
A watercolour painting by A.R. Quinton (1853 to 1934), published as a postcard. (It features the same row of thatched cottages shown on the previous image and also the adjacent building suspected of being the Swan Green smithy).
A watercolour painting by A.R. Quinton
(1853 to 1934), published as a postcard. (It
features the same row of thatched cottages
shown on the previous image and also the
adjacent building suspected of
being the Swan Green smithy).
The cottages at Swan Green, seen here in 1949
The cottages at Swan Green, seen here in 1949
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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.
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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 '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