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

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
Indoor Bowls
Indoor Bowls started up again at the Community Centre from October 2nd. Come and have some fun and keep fit on Mondays (2.00pm - 4.30pm), Thursdays (7.00pm - 10.00pm) and / or Fridays (2.00pm - 4.30pm). We look forward to seeing you.

Lyndhurst Community Club
The next Community Club lunch will be on Friday, 20th October at 12.30pm. Tickets are available from the Community Centre office from the beginning of the month. To help the catering volunteers, please make sure that you book early. If you aren't able to come in for your ticket, just ring 023 8028 2267.

Saturday Kurling Club
Lyndhurst Weekend Kurling Club meets every Saturday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Pine Hall of the Community Centre. Volunteers are still needed to help run the club but no previous experience is necessary - just a sense of fun and a desire to support the members. Anyone interested in finding out more about the club, either as a member or a volunteer, can telephone Brendoncare's office on 01962 857099.

New Forest Art Society
The New Forest Art Society has two events at the Community Centre this month.
On October 18th (7.30pm - 9.30pm), Bridget Woods, internationally acclaimed artist, teacher and author will demonstrate an autumnal landscape in watercolour. There will also be a mini exhibition of members' work with the theme of autumn. Visitors are always welcome (entry £4).
And on October 21st and 22nd there will be an Autumn Art Sale to be held from 10.00am - 4.00pm. Tables and displays will be manned by the artists so there will be an opportunity to discuss the works for sale: crafts, paintings (framed and unframed) and greeting cards (including Christmas cards).

Murder in Play
Do you enjoy a murder mystery with more than a touch of comedy? If so, then go along and see the latest production from Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society at the Vernon Theatre on 26th, 27th and 28th October. Tickets are available from the Community Centre Office.

Film Night at the Community Centre
The showing for October (Friday 27th) will be Time of Their Lives (12A). A former Hollywood star (Joan Collins) leaves her London retirement home with a friend to go to her ex-husband's funeral in France. On the way, the two women get romantically involved with a Frenchman. Tickets are available in advance from the Community Centre office at £5.00 each (or £4.50 for Community Centre members).
Thank you, also, to all those who filled in the sheet asking for suggestions for future films - this was very helpful as we do want to show films you want to see! Future showings requested which we will definitely be showing include 'Going in Style', 'Churchill' and 'Dunkirk'. Please do continue to let Community Centre staff have your suggestions.
It would also be really helpful if you could buy your tickets prior to the showing to give some idea of numbers.

New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies in the road
New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but in 2015, 55 were killed on the roads.
Always take care when driving
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley