Nostalgic memories of Lyndhurst's local history

Share your own memories of Lyndhurst and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

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I remember staying overnight with my parents in the late 1950's at a hotel called "The Lyndhurst Hotel". This was because my Father had a work related job to do near there and we were on our way to Southbourne for a holiday. I wonder where in Lyndhurst the hotel was and if it is still there.

This is where I had my Wedding reception in 1985. Mr Green was the Hotel Manager at the time.

PMX739377 SIR!. Yes. I was stationed in the Grand Hotel during my training in the RN to become an Electrical Artificer,The song I remember most was "Underneath the spreading chestut tree" which was often played in the little cafe in the High Street where we spent a lot of our "shore leave". Our practical work was in a (...Read full memory)

Painted by Victorian artist Frederick, Lord Leighton

My mother says the two white pillars at the entrance to the Grand Hotel once supported an archway. During WW2 the Royal Navy housed sailors in the hotel who were bussed out each day. The bus was too tall to go under the archway and so they decided to blow up the arch. The resulting explosion shattered every window in the hotel and was heard all over the village!

Hi My partner owns the cottage to the left of the main Romsey road, that is Ivy cottage, next to Puckpit cottage the side of which adjoins cadnam road, Joyce purchased this in 1997 when she left the Isle of Wight and took up lectures post at Southampton Univercity. Joyce wanted to be in Lyndhurst as she grew up their, (...Read full memory)

The photograph shows my great-aunt's tea room/restaurant. She was Mrs Matilda Howells, known in the family as Aunt Tilly. I can clearly remember visiting the tea room on many occasions as a 9/10 year old child with my mother Adelaide who was Aunt Tilly's sister. Her husband (Uncle Jack) did all his own baking in a huge (...Read full memory)