A new look at Home Farm Hillfort

In 2018, as part of a management programme undertaken by the New Forest National Park Authority and Forestry England, a team of archaeologists undertook a series of systematic geophysical surveys, exploratory excavations and restoration works across Home Farm Iron Age Hillfort.

You can read more about the background to the scheduled monument here: Hillfort 400m south of Home Farm – Scheduled Monument #1017019

The work was undertaken with the aim to improve our knowledge of the site as well as the condition of the scheduled monument and help remove it off the Monuments at Risk Register. The results of the work have proven rather interesting; they have dramatically improved our understating of this prehistoric landscape and challenged the perceived interpretation of the “Iron Age” site by revealing a much earlier, Neolithic date through carbon dating.

The reports produced for from this work can be found below:

Geophysics Results

Excavation Report

Ancient discovery begins to rewrite Forest’s history

Built Environment Conference 1 Nov 2019

New Forest Knowledge Conference 2019

Built Environments in the New Forest: Past, Present and Future


Date: Friday 1 November 2019, 9:45am – 4:30pm

Venue: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst  SO43 7NY

Price: £20

Today’s New Forest is a largely woodland and heathland environment, yet integral to its special qualities and unique sense of place are its many buildings and structures. Built environments are both shaped by and shape the people who inhabit them, work in them, admire them and ignore them. They are at the heart of some of the current opportunities and challenges we face in creating a sustainable future for the New Forest. Inspired by the revised Pevsner architecture guide to southern Hampshire, this conference will consider the built environment of the New Forest.


Our focus will be on how buildings and structures have shaped and themselves been shaped by the Forest. Speakers include independent researchers and representatives from the University of Winchester, New Forest District Council and New Forest National Park Authority.


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Cornwallis Remembered 1819 – 2019

“Cornwallis Remembered” commemorates the bi-centenary of the death of Admiral Sir William Cornwallis, Milford’s most distinguished resident.

Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS) has secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its exhibition on the Navy, the New Forest and the Napoleonic Wars which features the three admirals who all lived in Milford at that time: Admiral William Cornwallis, Rear Admiral John Peyton and Admiral Robert Man. The exhibition will highlight the role of the New Forest in providing timber and ship-building skills.

The project is actively supported by The 1805 Club, the New Forest National Park Authority and the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. There will be a commemorative service at All Saints Church on Friday 5th July 2019, followed by a re-enactment of the arrival of the news of Trafalgar together with events on the village green. During the weekend of 6/7th July activities are planned to include visiting a Royal Navy craft moored at Lymington, exploring our naval connections at Buckler’s Hard, and walking part of a new Naval Heritage trail between Milford and Buckler’s Hard, taking in Lymington, Boldre and South Baddesley.

Local communities and organisations will have the opportunity to learn about our strong naval tradition and the pivotal role played by Admiral Cornwallis in the defeat of the French invasion threat. Napoleon had to gain naval control of the English Channel to execute his invasion plans, saying “Let us be masters of the Channel for six hours and we are masters of the world.” It was Admiral Cornwallis, as Commander in Chief of the Channel Fleet, who thwarted the French invasion threat and decided on the necessity of creating and dispatching to Spanish waters the nucleus of that fleet that his friend Nelson was to command at Trafalgar.

The bi-centenary will also be celebrated with an exhibition at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington and a new heritage trail taking in Milford-on-Sea, Lymington and other important New Forest locations.

Cornwallis Remembered Film

Cornwallis Remembered video 10 may 2019 from Chris on Vimeo.

Lyndhurst Church Gravestone Steps – Improving Access Project

St Michaels & All Angels Church Lyndhurst: Churchyard Improving Access Project

Following the installation of a new safe accessible route to school from the main Lyndhurst carpark through the St Michael’s and All Angels churchyard avoiding the footpath along the main road the old stepped path through the churchyard was fenced off and was slowly disappearing under vegetation. If you looked closely at this old path you would have seen that it was made out of old gravestones. The gravestones have been moved to create the path from elsewhere in the graveyard and they do not contain burials under them.

As part of the original planning approval for the new path a requirement was that the old steps made from old gravestones was to be removed.

The programme of work is being managed by the New Forest National Park Authority, and has been given formal approval by Winchester Diocese and the Planning Authority. It will improve access to the churchyard’s important heritage features and is funded by the New Forest LEADER local action group through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The churchyard is maintained by New Forest District Council as a closed burial ground and the monuments are technically heirlooms. The church and the District Council responsibilities only require that the moments are safe for public access to the churchyard.

As part of the project the gravestones will all be cleaned and recorded using RTI photography to read the faded inscriptions to help reveal the names of the people they memorialised. The hope is that the names will then be linked back to the burial registers and potentially their original burial location. It will also allow families to re-link their family histories with the headstones in the churchyard. The removed headstones will be used to create benches in the churchyard, but they will all be logged so if you are searching for a specific one we can show you where they have ended up.

Further work will see the footpath extended to allow easy access to Alice Liddell’s gravestone.

RTI Recording

During July 2019, Archaeovision undertook a Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) survey of the 43 headstones that were removed from the old path as well as another 37 headstones and other engraved stones recovered from the ditch running parallel to the footpath. The 80 headstones were all photographed and processed to reveal the inscriptions and identify some of the lost names and families originally buried in St Michael’s.

Some of the highlights are included in the images above.

You can read a low resolution version of the report here: Lyndhurst RTI Report (warning still large file size 10Mb) or you can request a high resolution version from the New Forest National Park Authority or New Forest Heritage Centre Library.

Alternatively all of the photography results from RTI work undertaken in the graveyard along with the transcriptions can be found hereLyndhurst St Michaels & All Angels RTI

All of the results will be inputted into the spreadsheet of monuments in St Michael’s and All Angels allowing the public to find out who is buried in the churchyard.

Further Work and Information

Three of the monuments in the churchyard are listed and are dealt with as Listed Buildings. These were recently repaired as part of National Lottery Heritage Funding managed by the New Forest National Park and have been removed from the Historic England Buildings at Risk register.

You can find out more about the St Michael’s & All Angels via one of the New Forest History Hit Films


St Michael & All Angels Church Lyndhurst: Churchyard Improving Access Project

Is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development


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Example of one of the Graves following RTI

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Here lieth the body of Charles Newbolt who Departed this life on the 20 day of August 1745 Aged 65 years

Also Catherine the wife of John H who died The 7th day of October 1766 Aged 70 years