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History and culture

The New Forest is an area with a fascinating history and thriving local culture.

Proud history and culture

Since its creation by King William the Conqueror in 1079 for the pursuit of the ‘beasts of the chase’ – red, roe and fallow deer and wild pig – many historical events and influences have shaped the landscape and cultural heritage of the New Forest. This section chronicles this varied past, tells the story of some of the Forest’s most famous people and places and shines a light on its characterful buildings.
Famous Forest folk

Famous Forest folk

Historical Sites

Historical Sites

Built Heritage

Built Heritage

William Gilpin: the artist and cleric

William Gilpin: the artist and cleric

Frank
Green
National Park Archaeologist

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'Areas of the New Forest were used to test bombs in World War I and II. Please keep away from objects that might be dangerous and notify the police.'

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