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Lyndhurst in old pictures - the village centre

Here is a selection of old pictures showing Lyndhurst as it was in days-gone-by. Most, if not all, of the buildings seen in these charming images remain visible today, many little changed. Fashions, though, have inevitably been updated many times, horse drawn vehicles are now rarely seen in the village, traffic has very significantly increased and, consequently, commoners' ponies and other animals have been banished from the roadsides.

Lyndhurst - an early 20th century view
Lyndhurst - an early 20th century view
Lyndhurst High Street - a colourful early view
Lyndhurst High Street -
a colourful early view
Lyndhurst High Street again - from the days when illumination was provided by gas lamps
Lyndhurst High Street again - from the days
when illumination was provided by gas lamps
Lyndhurst - a 1909 scene showing the High Street, viewed from near the Stag Hotel
Lyndhurst - a 1909 scene showing the High Street,
viewed from near the Stag Hotel
Lyndhurst - a later (1940s?) view of the High Street, long before the introduction of the current one-way traffic system
Lyndhurst - a later (1940s?) view of the High Street,
long before the introduction of the current one-way traffic system
Ponies not too many years ago wandered beside the now very busy A337 Romsey Road
Ponies not too many years ago wandered
beside the now very busy A337 Romsey Road
The A337 and  ponies again, this time in a view that also shows the Evergreens Hotel
The A337 and ponies again, this time in
a view that also shows the Evergreens Hotel
Lyndhurst - donkeys near the Post Office in the days when	commoners' animals roamed the High Street
Lyndhurst - donkeys near the Post Office in the days when
commoners' animals roamed the High Street
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** 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 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