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Historical Sites

History Hits videos on some of the New Forest’s best historical sites.

The New Forest has a long and proud history that dates back almost 1,000 years. It takes its name from the Latin ‘Nova Foresta’, which translates literally as ‘new hunting ground’, although hunting had been going on in the area long before this time.

Find out about some of the most interesting and significant historical sites in the National Park through the bite sized History Hits and drone videos in this section.


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National Park Archaeologist


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

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