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Lyndhurst

The historic 'Capital of the New Forest'

Lyndhurst:
did you know?


Lyndhurst is also the name of a town in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Lyndhurst until the 1980s had another pub - the Volunteer Arms, located where Austin and Wyatt is now.
Lyndhurst smithy used to be close to the current post office.
Buzzards can often be seen soaring high over the centre of Lyndhurst.
Lyndhurst had its own cinema, the Plaza, which was where Budgens supermarket is now.
Bolton's Bench, on the outskirts of Lyndhurst, was named after an 18th century Duke of Bolton.
Roe deer visit many Lyndhurst gardens - to sample plants and shrubs.
Pikes Hill, to the north of Lyndhurst village centre, is shown on old maps as Pigs Hill.
Lyndhurst's Crown Hotel was once a coaching inn.
Lyndhurst used to be the centre of a thriving butterfly collecting trade.
Lyndhurst: the view from near Bolton's Bench
Lyndhurst: the view
from near Bolton's Bench

Lyndhurst is often thought of as the Capital of the New Forest - it enjoys a broadly central location, is surrounded by relatively fertile land, and stands at a junction of historic routes.

Lyndhurst had its own Royal manor house, and was - and still is - home of the Verderers’ Hall, the meeting place of the ancient Verderers’ Court whose history stretches back to at least the 13th century.

Lyndhurst race ground was, until the late-19th century, a popular attraction; and Lyndhurst used to be the home of the New Forest pony sales.

Lyndhurst: Capital of the New Forest? Absolutely!

Lyndhurst - what's in a name?

Lyndhurst: the name in its earlier form, Lindhyrst, dates back to at least Anglo-Saxon times, and means ‘lime wood’, although Lyndhurst now, in common with much of Britain, has few lime trees.

Lyndhurst - landscapes

Lyndhurst was well-described in the mid-19th century by John Wise, who remarked: ‘The people of Lyndhurst ought, I always think, to be the happiest and most contented in England, for they possess a wider park and nobler trees than even Royalty. You cannot leave the place in any direction without going through the Forest.

And today, John Wise's comments still apply - woodlands lap against the outskirts of Lyndhurst, inviting exploration by walkers and cyclists along many miles of gravel tracks and countless lesser used paths.

But the area around Lyndhurst comprises heathlands, too, heathlands that in spring are yellow with gorse, and in summer richly purple with heather blooms. These are places that hold abundant wildlife, including many species that are not often encountered elsewhere.

Lyndhurst - families and fresh air

Lyndhurst is a great place for families to enjoy fresh air and wide, open spaces, for around Bolton's Bench, within walking distance of Lyndhurst village centre, are extensive grasslands with turf kept short by commoners' stock - the ponies, donkeys and cattle that can be seen throughout the area.

Here, there is ample room to play football, cricket and other ball games; to fly kites, watch the cricket or just relax with book or newspaper.

Lyndhurst - landmarks

As befits the Capital of the New Forest, the local Forestry Commission headquarters are located in Lyndhurst - in Queen’s House, at the very top of Lyndhurst High Street; whilst close by is Lyndhurst's splendidly Gothic, Victorian parish church of St. Michael and All Angels with its impressive 49 metre (160 foot) spire.

Lyndhurst also hosts the New Forest Heritage Centre. Situated in Lyndhurst's main car park, it is a purpose-built red brick building housing the New Forest Museum, Gift Shop and Reference Library.

Opened in 1988 by the Duke of Edinburgh, the museum has displays illustrative of New Forest life in days gone-by, and is a ‘must-visit’ for anybody with an interest in the New Forest and its history. The Christopher Tower New Forest Reference Library on the upper floor also has a wide range of local interest books and other documents.

Lyndhurst: cattle and cottages at nearby Swan Green
Lyndhurst: cattle and cottages
at nearby Swan Green

At the opposite end of Lyndhurst car park, Lyndhurst Community Centre offers refreshments on Saturday mornings, and is the year-round venue for a wide range of events and activities - antique auctions, craft and gift fairs, book fairs, farmers' markets and more.

Lyndhurst - places to eat, drink and stay

Lyndhurst today is well-served by shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. There are five pubs, for example, all of which serve food; whilst the nearby hamlets of Bank, Emery Down and Swan Green boast another three pubs that also have well-respected kitchens.

Those seeking out a restaurant in which to eat will not be disappointed, either - Lyndhurst has Italian, Indian and Thai restaurants, and others associated with the local hotels - a veritable gourmet's delight.

And those wanting accommodation in Lyndhurst can choose from a number of hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfast establishments; whilst nearby Pondhead Farm offers its own camping facilities.

Lyndhurst:
did you know?


Lyndhurst is also the name of a town in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Lyndhurst until the 1980s had another pub - the Volunteer Arms, located where Austin and Wyatt is now.
Lyndhurst smithy used to be close to the current post office.
Buzzards can often be seen soaring high over the centre of Lyndhurst.
Lyndhurst had its own cinema, the Plaza, which was where Budgens supermarket is now.
Bolton's Bench, on the outskirts of Lyndhurst, was named after an 18th century Duke of Bolton.
Roe deer visit many Lyndhurst gardens - to sample plants and shrubs.
Pikes Hill, to the north of Lyndhurst village centre, is shown on old maps as Pigs Hill.
Lyndhurst's Crown Hotel was once a coaching inn.
Lyndhurst used to be the centre of a thriving butterfly collecting trade.
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Lyndhurst Community News

Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society, Aladdin - Saturday, 1st Feb; Sunday, 2nd Feb; Saturday, 8th Feb and Sunday, 9th Feb
Come and join in some traditional panto silliness! There will be all the best ingredients: a handsome hero, a beautiful princess and an evil baddie. Not to mention a gender bending dame and a rather cool genie. Mix them all up with some other interesting characters, throw in some songs, dodgy jokes and some audience participation and what have you got? Lyndhurst Drama's version of Aladdin!
Tickets are £10 for adults and £7 for those 16 and under - they go on sale at Lyndhurst Community Centre on 2nd January. Ring 023 80282729 for more information and enquiries.

Lyndhurst Churches Together
The Lyndhurst Churches Together would like you to join them at their Carers' café on the first Thursday of each month at the Baptist Church Hall, Chapel Lane, 1.30-3.30pm. Contact Henry on 02380 282485 for details.

Christopher Tower Reference Library, Open Day and Fundraising Book Fair - Saturday, 18th January, 10.00am to 3.00pm, New Forest Heritage Centre
The New Forest's past can be discovered at the Christopher Tower Reference Library's Open Day - if you've ever wondered what the New Forest looked like 100 years ago, this is your chance to find out.

Community Speed Watch Needs You
If you can spare a minimum of 1½ hours a month, your local Community Speed Watch Team would love to hear from you. This volunteer work includes recording car registration numbers of speeding vehicles in 30 and 40 mph zones and full training is given. The friendly teams operate from Lyndhurst, Cadnam, Minstead, Ashurst and Brook so there are plenty of teams to choose from. For more information either email cke8163@gmail.com or contact PCSO Richard Williams on 07554 775469.

** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Outrageously, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cattle, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley