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Churches

Churches

Many New Forest churches have fascinating historical, artistic and literary associations.

Well-known and very influential national architects gained commissions to design local churches for growing populations, such as Butterfield at Emery Down, Romaine-Walker at Brockenhurst, and the exuberant and colourful parish church in Lyndhurst by William White (1860s).

There are seven medieval churches in the New Forest which often started as chapels attached to the local manor. Some have been replaced with later churches and many new ones were built to serve the increased population and different denominations, particularly in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Find out more about churches across the National Park by downloading our leaflets on this page.


Lawrence
Shaw
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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