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Living in Lyndhurst: The Local Area Guide

Amidst Hampshire's New Forest can be found its unofficial 'capital'; the rustic and expanding civil parish of Lyndhurst. Since William the Conqueror's reign in 1079 during which time he established the town as a hunting ground, the royal manor has been a regular haunt for Kings and Queens over the years ever since.

Since then, the town has retained a sort of medieval gentility, and offers a wide range of activities and things to do for both residents and tourists alike. Take a walk along Emery Down or up Clay Hill, and appreciate the tranquil beauty the New Forest has to offer. Alternatively, there is a large selection of unique and quirky tea rooms and cafes scattered around.

Alternatively, why not visit the large town's nearby landmarks? The pre-Raphaelite church of St Michael and All Angels is a Grade II listed building in the graveyard of which can be found the grave of none other than former resident Alice Liddell; the inspiration behind the famous novel 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Lyndhurst is a twinned town with La Chevrolière, in France.

Demographics

The average age of Lyndhurst is older than the UK average at 47 years old. This figure is comprised of approximately 3,000 residents, of which 78% claim to follow some sort of religion. This comes as no surprise given the strong religious presence in the town itself; the Anglican St Michael's church that overlooks the city dates as far back as 1858, whilst Lyndhurst Catholic Church can also be found in the area.

Lyndhurst has been reported to be among Britain's Top 10 richest towns, sitting comfortably in the middle at number 5. The average house price is approximately £515,000 whilst the percentage of sales over £500,000 is 32%.

Education

Lyndhurst itself has only a few primary schools with low admissions each year, meaning entry to said schools can be fairly difficult for those who live just out of the catchment area. The younger schools are Lyndhurst pre-school and St Michael's Primary - both of which have received excellent reviews from examiners and parents alike. For those hoping to enroll children, we'd advise contacting the schools in advance.

The nearest secondary schools can be found in surrounding villages and towns; convenient bus routes offer connections to these for local students. These institutes include the renowned Brockenhurst College, locally known as 'Brock', which can be found in Brockenhurst just a few miles south of Lyndhurst.

A specialist secondary school can be found on Clay Hill, slightly further south of the town. Coxlease School caters to students aged between 9-18 and specializes in behavioral issues or learning difficulties. This school is highly sought out by parents all over the country.

Transport

The nearby A35 road provides crucial links to the coast, meaning journeys to Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton can be easily made for those with their own car, be it for work, or just a day to the beach. The convenient location of Lyndhurst just 30 minutes from Bournemouth's glittering beaches and clear waters gives it all the appeal of a seaside town, without the tourism and crowds.

The ferry port of Lymington can be easily reached through a short drive down the A337 road, from which a ferry can be caught to the Isle of Wight.

There are several bus routes in and around the town itself - and around the rest of the Hampshire county. These buses travel to nearby towns and cities such as Winchester and Southampton, and even as far out as Bournemouth. For those wishing to catch an express coach, there are two offered which travel between Bournemouth and London.

Whilst Lyndhurst itself doesn't have a station, the nearest station is just a short drive or bus away in Ashurst, from which frequent trains to London Waterloo can be caught.

Amenities and Shopping

Aside from the town of Lyndhurst being crammed with historical relevance - from the Anglican church to the famous 'Queen's House', there are several things to do for those who aren't so well versed in their history.

The New Forest surrounds the town, providing miles upon miles of untouched countryside to explore and enjoy. This woodland is practically Romantic in its preserved state, and the pastoral nature of Lyndhurst's surroundings means there is never a shortage of beauty to behold.

For those who are perhaps more into their shopping, the high street has a quaint selection of both independent and chain shops, and not to mention some cute cafes lining the streets. There is also a local butcher who provides locally sourced produce, and several other local merchants which provide the town with a real community feel.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

p>All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith

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