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Beaulieu in old pictures

Here is a selection of old pictures showing Beaulieu in days-gone-by. Most are taken from old postcards which illustrate the popularity of the village with visitors over the whole of the last century. Favourite subjects were, and still are, the old tide mill and the High Street. As can be seen, many of the images vividly illustrate that relatively little has changed.

Beaulieu - Palace House in the late 18th century
Beaulieu - Palace House in the late 18th century
Beaulieu village
Beaulieu village -
a charming image that dates back
to the early days of the 20th century
Beaulieu Mill in around 1920 - horse drawn transport was used to deliver raw materials and collect the finished products
Beaulieu Mill in around 1920 - horse drawn
transport was used to deliver raw
materials and collect the finished products
Beaulieu Mill - an early 20th century image
Beaulieu Mill -
an early 20th century image
Beaulieu Mill - another very early image
Beaulieu Mill -
another very early image
Beaulieu village - the High Street in the early 20th century
Beaulieu village - the
High Street in the early 20th century
Beaulieu High Street in around 1920
Beaulieu High Street in around 1920
Beaulieu High Street - an image from 1931
Beaulieu High Street - an image from 1931
Beaulieu village - the High Street again in the early 20th century
Beaulieu village - the
High Street again in the early 20th century
Beaulieu High Street seen here in 1930
Beaulieu High Street
seen here in 1930
Beaulieu High Street - another image dating perhaps from the 1930s
Beaulieu High Street - another image
dating perhaps from the 1930s
Beaulieu village - another early image of the High Street
Beaulieu village - another early image of the High Street
A 1930s view of Beaulieu High Street
A 1930s view of Beaulieu High Street
Beaulieu village - the Montagu Arms Hotel (picture probably taken in the 1950s)
Beaulieu village - the Montagu Arms Hotel
(picture probably taken in the 1950s)
Beaulieu - the mill pool, as ever, presents a timeless scene
Beaulieu - the mill pool, as ever,
presents a timeless scene
Beaulieu - an 1800 view of the parish church seen from the direction of the Abbey ruins
Beaulieu - an 1800 view of the parish church
seen from the direction of the Abbey ruins
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New Forest seasonal highlights
May
Bluebells and other wild flowers brighten the woods, usually in relatively small numbers.
Bird song can be heard throughout the day but is at its loudest at dawn and, to a lesser extent, dusk.
Foals are born in increasing numbers and can be seen beside ever-attentive mares.
Dragonflies are more frequently observed on the wing as spring progresses.

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.
** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
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 small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
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