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Hurst Castle in old pictures

Here are a number of fascinating old pictures showing Hurst Castle and elements of the settlement that once existed alongside. What a wild old place this must have been in those far off days.

Hurst Castle shown on an 18th century print - notice the building to the right, on the Spit, which was one of a number present at this time
Hurst Castle shown on an 18th century print - notice the building
to the right, on the Spit, which was one of a number present at that time
Hurst Castle shown on a print dating back to 1809. Details of the castle differ slightly when compared to the previous print, but the building on the right is substantially changed. Artist's license!
Hurst Castle shown on a print dating back to 1809.
Details of the castle differ slightly when compared to the previous
print, but the building on the right is substantially changed. Artist's license!
Although titled 'Hurst Castle, Lymington River', this 1834 print shows shipping close to Hurst Spit, where there is a tantalising glimpse of the spit settlement
Although titled 'Hurst Castle, Lymington River',
this 1834 print shows shipping close to Hurst Spit,
and provides a tantalising glimpse of the spit settlement
Hurst Castle shown on a print produced in 1842 - note the form of the old, foreground lighthouse and the presence of a second lighthouse in the background
Hurst Castle seen here on a print produced in 1842 - notice the form of the
old foreground lighthouse and the presence of a second lighthouse
behind the building also shown on the 18th century print (above)
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** 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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