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Embroidery Panel 2

The New Forest Story - Panel 2

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The coming of the railway to the Forest in 1847 is shown next to a mythical animal called a ‘pony-deer’ that was taken quite seriously in the 19th century.  A red squirrel is shown, not seen in the Forest since 1940.

In the centre is Gerald Lascelles, Deputy Surveyor of the New Forest for 35 years, with Rhinefield House behind. To his right is Brusher Mills, the famous New Forest snake catcher.

Above Alice in Wonderland is Lyndhurst Church where Alice Hargreaves is buried.  She inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories when she was a young girl. Near her are shown a little owl, a nuthatch, a white admiral butterfly and a badger.

The New Forest during wartime is represented through the camouflaged tents, the Spitfire and the Victoria Cross.

Tourism in the present day is shown in the campsite.  The huge oak tree is the Knightswood Oak, one of the oldest trees in the Forest.  A red-backed shrike is in the leaves along with the coat of arms of the New Forest District Council and the badge of the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust.

At the foot of the oak the Queen is planting a commemorative tree on the 900th anniversary of the New Forest.


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