Title - New Forest

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Please note that this website is hosted free-of-charge by Hampshire County Council. HCC have decided to terminate this service on 31 July 2016, and this website will cease to exist.

Anthony Pasmore's New Forest Notes and the Drivers' maps are very popular parts of this website. Anthony and I are taking steps to ensure that they remain available on the web. The Notes and maps are being transferred to the website of the New Forest History and Archaeology Group (www.newforesthistoryandarchaeology.org.uk/). It is also our intention to add some of the very early Notes, currently unavailable on the web. There is much work to be done, but the transfer is underway. Please use the link above, not their old website (which will also be terminated by HCC).

Graham Cooper, July 2016


What is the New Forest?

The New Forest is a former royal hunting area in the south of England. It was created in 1079 by William I (known as William the Conqueror) as a hunting area, principally of deer.

It is a unique area of historical, ecological and agricultural significance, and retains many of the rural practices conceded by the Crown in historical times to local people. Principal of these is the pasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys in the open Forest by local inhabitants known as commoners. The New Forest has also been an important source of timber for the Crown.

It is an outstanding recreational area for walking and riding. It is now designated as a National Park.

On this website:

This website offers an overview of the historical basis of the New Forest, its current management, and the rights granted to commoners. It links to colour photographs illustrating the heaths, bogs, Ancient & Ornamental woodlands, and its most well-known inhabitants, the New Forest ponies.

The principal sections are:

Drivers' Map exampleFor those interested in New Forest history, Drivers' map of 1814 is available for download. In 1789, a Royal Commission published a report on the New Forest, and this was accompanied by the first detailed map of the Forest. The scale was four inches to one mile. The map was based on surveys undertaken in 1786/87 by Thomas Richardson, William King, Abraham Driver and William Driver. It is commonly known as "Drivers' map". The second edition published in 1814 can be downloaded in sections - go to the Historic maps pages.


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