Guild Anderson’s projects have included bespoke kitchen design in Brockenhurst and in some of Hampshire’s most beautiful homes. With such a variety of architectural styles it is a village that has greatly expanded since the 1970s.
Home to New Forest ponies, deer, donkeys and cows that are all known to roam through the main street; Brockenhurst is the largest village by population within the New Forest in Hampshire. The nearest city is Southampton some 13 miles to the North East, while Bournemouth in Dorset is also nearby; 15 miles South West. The surrounding countryside is full of spectacular scenery from forest to coast, with towns and villages that include Beaulieu, Lymington, Lyndhurst, and Sway.
Brockenhurst means “badgers home” in Celtic – which explains the appearance of a badger on so many Brockenhurst-related insignia. Historically the earliest signs of habitation in Brockenhurst date back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age: the area is dotted with burial mounds. In 1079 William the Conqueror created his New Forest, a vast hunting area lying south and west of his capital at Winchester.
In 1086, the Domesday Book recorded that there were four small Saxon manors in the Brockenhurst area, Mapleham, Hincelveslei, Brochelie and Broceste. The manor house of Brochelie was situated on the plot now occupied by the Watersplash Hotel. The Church of St Nicholas is the oldest, and the only remaining church in the New Forest National Park that is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
By the 18th century, nearby Lymington was a thriving town, due to its port and the manufacture of salt from sea water. In 1765, the Lymington road became a turnpike, and during this time, Brockenhurst grew in size, with dwellings and inns strung along the main road. The railway arrived in Brockenhurst in the nineteenth century, making the village a popular place for tourists.
At the end of July the annual New Forest and Hampshire County Show descends upon the village. One of the most important events in the New Forest calendar, this show brings with it three days of agricultural fun and entertainment.
We have enjoyed the many varied projects that we have undertaken in Brockenhurst and the surrounding towns and villages, if you have a project in mind and would like to discuss it further please do get in contact.