Monthly Archives: February 2016

New Forest: squirrel-pie anyone?

Like it or not, the history of the New Forest is firmly interconnected with the practice of hunting. It was for this purpose that William I established the landscape as a Royal Forest, in the eleventh century. While most people associate … Continue reading

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New Forest: four pony scheme 1890

In the last decade of the nineteenth century efforts were made to improve the breeding of the New Forest pony to fulfil a ready market for ‘the large class, daily increasing, who use good ponies in light carts instead of … Continue reading

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Sparrow starvers and the Great Manure Crisis of 1894

I had to drive to west London recently. The journey was without incident until I found myself in a slow procession of cars queuing alongside Gunnersby Park, on the North Circular Road. My attention was drawn by a sudden flash … Continue reading

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