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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 William the Conqueror around 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

Alice in Wonderland inspiration

Alice in Wonderland inspiration

Frank
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National Park Archaeologist

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'The New Forest was established as a royal hunting forest in 1079 and has a rich and fascinating history.'

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Working Woodlands

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Bumper year for Love the Forest scheme

Bumper year for Love the Forest scheme

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