New Forest History

The New Forest is steeped in history and has so many historic sites to visits

The New Forest is steeped in history and has so many historic sites to visits

Such as where Nelson’s flagship was built https://www.bucklershard.co.uk/, the New Forest played an important part in both World War I http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/info/20088/fascinating_history/175/new_forest_at_war/2, and World War II http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/info/20088/fascinating_history/175/new_forest_at_war/3.

There are Castles http://www.thenewforestguide.co.uk/history/new-forest-castles/ , a history of smugglers http://www.thenewforestguide.co.uk/history/new-forest-smugglers/ and witches across the New Forest! http://inewforest.co.uk/witches/

Rufus Stone

The Rufus Stone has to be one of the strongest reminders of the origins of the New Forest. The iron-clad stone marks the (alleged) spot where King William II was fatally wounded with an arrow, during a royal hunting outing in the Forest, in the year 1100AD.

The king was nicknamed Rufus, apparently because of his ruddy complexion and red hair, and was of course the son of King William I who was responsible for designating the area as the royal hunting ground that we know today as the New Forest.

William Rufus was, by all accounts, an absolute barbarian and showed no mercy to the local inhabitants of the Forest, as well as being a fairly unpopular Monarch in general.

It was on August 2nd in the year 1100 when King William Rufus and his team of noblemen were out hunting deer and wild boar in the New Forest.

The story goes that an arrow was shot, supposedly at a stag, by the Frenchman Sir Walter Tyrrell who was the King’s best archer, but the arrow struck an oak tree and ricocheted off it straight into the chest of the king, puncturing his lung and killing him there and then

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