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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
September
Dragonflies and damselflies remain on the wing and so do butterflies, but in ever decreasing numbers.
Hen harriers and other autumn and winter visiting birds begin to arrive in the Forest.
New Forest fungi - mushrooms and toadstools increasingly appear in the woods.
Red deer start to noisily rut as stags roar songs of love across favoured heaths.


October
Ancient, unenclosed woodlands and broad-leaved inclosures increasingly take on colourful autumnal hues.
Grey squirrels frantically seek out and store acorns for use during the cold days of winter.
Fallow deer boisterously rut for two or three weeks around the middle of the month before the bucks leave the does and eventually re-form their own male-only 'buck herds'.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
September 2019
Up to Sunday 15th - Exbury Gardens, Look Twice Artists' Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Sunday, 8th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Royal British Legion Band Concert, 3.00pm.
Friday, 13th - Verderers' Hall Open Day, Lyndhurst, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Sunday, 29th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, The Rhythm Tea Dance, 2.00pm - 6.00pm.

October 2019
Throughout the month - St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection.
Saturday, 5th - New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Hedgerow Berries and Winter ills, 10.30am - 3.00pm. Advanced booking is essential.
Saturday 26th - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.

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