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Sunday, 24 February 2013

LYNDHURST New Forest - March 1913 - Year before the Great War

Lyndhurst High Street 1912
Photo: Past and Present Publications
by Neil Hotson

It was the year before the Great War, March 1913, and Lyndhurst High Street was a busy and successful place with many public houses and shops. A police constable was stationed in the street day and night but residents still despaired at motor vehicles exceeding 20 mph. An aeroplane, however, would cause great excitement amongst children and adults. This event was sometimes reported in the local newspaper, together with a guess as to its destination.

The recently built Fenwick Cottage Hospital wasn't far from butcher Horace Butt, who lay badly injured in Gosport Lane, thrown from his horse and trap. His journey to the hospital would take him past the damaged church spire with steeplejack ladders leading to a clock stopped at 3.15 and a weather vane split in two.

The previous night a great thunderstorm from the south-west had passed over the village,its timing now recorded for the weary villagers to see.

At her bedroom lodgings in Pound Terrace, Charlotte Nutbeam had also tried to sleep through the storm. Her new job as a cook at the Stag Hotel was to end days later, when she took cutlery. The Stag Hotel was owned by Ashby's Eling Brewery of Totton and Mrs. Ashby was a regular visitor to the Fenwick Hospital.

Beer was well liked in Lyndhurst, with many a carter asleep with drink as their horse took them home. It was a dangerous journey for some as the fields and ditches were often flooded and a drunken man falling into cold water might perish.

People enjoyed themselves, their lives soon to be turned upside down.

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The New Forest by Matthew Conway
Featuring a mixture of history, folklore and stories of interest, this book explores the culture and wildlife of the New Forest. From it deer, which for centuries were hunted exclusively by the Kings of England, to the thousands of trees that were the cornerstone of the English Navy, this fascinating volume illustrates how flora and fauna are interwoven with the forest's heritage, and pays special attention to its wildlife.  As well as providing a backdrop of history, this affectionate look at the forest will inspire readers to explore the area themselves. Read more...

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