In 980, the recorded history of Lyndhurst begins.
It was, by this time, a royal manor granted to the Abbey of Amesbury in Wiltshire. By 1075 the first Norman king, William I, had designated the whole area between the river Avon on the west, Wiltshire to the north, and to the south and east the Test, Southampton Water and the Solent as his “New” Forest, or Nova Foresta, to serve as a safe dwelling place for the beasts of the chase.
The New Forest has since then, been administered from the village of Lyndhurst and Commoners Rights given to graze cattle, horses etc on the land. This was, and still is, recognised as the best means of managing the area, preventing it becoming overgrown by thistle etc.
The village contains many buildings dating back to the 17th century. This collection of images is designed to give the 'flavour' of what can be seen here when walking along the High Street from West to east.