Friday, 27 February 2015

Buckler's Hard

A winter walk though the New Forest to the old ship building village of Buckler's Hard is one of our favorites, when the summer crowds are absent and the village looks pretty much as it did 200 years or more ago.

The sloping main village comprises a row of Georgian houses which have been preserved as part of the Beaulieu estate.

The hard under the control of Master shipbuilder Henry Adams was responsible for building many famous ships during the late 18th century and early 19th centuries, including HMS Euryalus, HMS Swiftsure and HMS Agamemnon, all of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Seen below the ships were built here using abundant oak from the surrounding forest.


  1. Is that why its called the 'New Forest' because they chopped the old one down to build all the boats? LOL

  2. ...and Agamemnon was always Nelson's favourite ship - I think she was his first ship of the line command ....

  3. Alden yes bit ironic was named the new forest about 1000 years ago. I forget which monarch exactly.

  4. Yes - reminds me when as a NZ tourist we walked around Magdalene College in Oxford a few years ago and saw "New Buildings" where C S Lewis had his rooms - 'New Buildings' was built in something like 1750 !!!! The oldest building we have in New Zealand is only 150 years old.

  5. I visited New Shoreham was 'new' in 1300 or something.


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