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Historic stories and songs

Sharing stories of past events, exploring myths, legends and folklore are all part of our rich heritage.

During our research for the Historic Routes and Past Pathways project, we discovered myths, legends and folklore and several events came to light. Working with professional storytellers Jason Buck, Fiona Dixon, Jess Chappell and Vanessa Cook we produced three dramatised accounts, two based on events recorded in newspapers and court records. The third, briefly mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles, some say is more myth and legend than actual historical event.

We also worked with a local folk artist to record six folk songs, all connected to the themes explored on our historic routes. The folk songs were produced by Coda Music Trust and researched and performed by Chris Hopgood of The Folk Orc.

Historic stories

Listen to a dramatisation of the riot at Stuckton Iron Works in 1830 and walk the Stuckton Iron Works trail.

Listen to a dramatisation of the tragic tale of William Phillips and walk the Tatchbury Mount trail.

Listen to a dramatisation of the battle of Netley Marsh in 508 and walk the Tatchbury Mount trail.

Historic folk songs

This research was carried out by the NPA with the help of volunteers for the Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme.

Photo: Armfield’s Yard, Stuckton 1959. Photo by D A E Cross with permission from Mary Baldwin.



'The New Forest has a fascinating and varied array of historical sites worth visiting.'

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