Bucklers Hard Village
One very quaint village that you may discover close to the New Forest is Bucklers Hard village,the beautiful 18th century village that lies on the banks of the Beaulieu River. It is said that ships built for Nelson's fleet were built here.
There are many history stories connected around this beautiful area, all varying with each different rendition.
Buckler's Hard village is approximately two miles from Beaulieu, if visitors wish to stay in the village that is not a problem, as there is a well established hotel called Master Builders House, or if passing through, stop to admire the beauty of this lovely village, and the antics of the local ducks as they waddle past.
Nearby enquire about taking a river cruise or have a pleasant stroll through the woodlands. If you are a person that likes to enquire about the local history of the place you visit, there are four cottages that have been reconstructed authentically, to give people an insight into village life during the shipbuilding of many years past.
This is known as the Bucklers Hard Story, there is a mixture of replica and original items, to give you an idea of how they lived, with the added bonus of listening to conversations said to have taken place during that era.
It is always interesting to look at the difference between the richer and the poorer around this time in history, take for example James Bound. James was a labourer and lived in one of these cottages, upon looking around it is obvious when looking at the size and contents, compared to that of the shipwrights, this belonged to a poorly paid man. Being unskilled, a labourer usually got paid by the day, if the weather turned bad this meant no work, no pay, which was hard if you had a family to feed.
The Shipwright's home on the other hand is in total contrast, because they were skilled craftsmen, they could demand above the average wage. This allowed them to buy finer luxuries for their homes, and this is very obvious in the decor of the shipwrights cottage.
These are just two of the cottages to visit, which gives people the opportunity to step back in time and try to imagine what it must have been like back then, and how different things are today.
Bucklers Hard is a lovely and beautiful place to visit, and whilst being in the heart of the New Forest National Park, for those that are not necessarily interested in checking out the local history, there is still an abundance of things to do and see.
Opening Times are:
10.00am - 5.00pm March to June
10.00am - 5.30pm July to August
10.00am - 5.00pm September to October
10.00am - 4.30pm November to February
There are many lovely walks to be found here with outstanding views, and for those with good sea legs, then there is Bucklers Hard Marina to visit and maybe even check out the possibility to try your hand at canoeing, or Kayaking, whatever the choice, there is something for all ages around this beautiful area of the New Forest.
If you want to make a day or two of your visit to this area of the forest , then not too far away you also have the Beaulieu Motor Museum along with the Beaulieu Palace house and Beaulieu Abbey to round off your historical knowledge of the area.
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