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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
March
Lesser celandine blooms illuminate woodlands, and heathland edges.
Fallow deer remain in single sex herds, the bucks at this time always separate from the does.
Curlews return from the coast to breed in and around the New Forest's wetter areas.

Red admiral butterflies are increasingly seen on bright, sunny days.

April
Redstarts are amongst the first returning long-distance migrant birds that arrive in April.
Large red damselflies take to the wing, the first of many such species that will soon be seen in the New Forest.
Bluebells blossom, sometimes in good numbers in ungrazed woodlands.
Badger cubs first appear above ground towards the end of the month.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
March 2019
Saturday, 2nd - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00 - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 6th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, John Adams concert, 7.00pm - 10.00pm.
Saturday, 23rd - St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Welcome Spring, 2.30pm - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 24th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Holistic Health and Vegan Fair, 11.00am - 4.00pm.

April 2019
Sunday, 7th April to Wednesday, 29th May - Exbury Gardens, Four Seasons Art Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
Friday, 12th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, The Wife (15), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st - 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