Hi all. Myself and a few friends have been trying to find out the exact year the infamous "Downton bends" on the A337 at Downton were retired and the new part of the road was built. We all say it was the early 80s ... wondered if anyone could remember the exact year. Many thanks. Dave
I lived in Avenue Road, New Milton 1967-77. My parents bought an old bungalow that two sisters and their brother lived in for many years in what we were told used to be a museum. The back garden & orchard used to back onto Fernhill Manor Girls School playing fields (they used to sneak into our orchard through the hedge). I remember the Beehive Bakery on the corner when on Saturdays there used to be a queue outside for the best Lardy Cake ever. Diagonally opposite (going towards the bridge) used to be a Delicatessen. Further down the high street was Woolworths, next door Fine Fare (where I used to work Saturdays) and the Waverley Cinema. There used to be a Carnival each summer, and compulsory attendance at the Friday night disco in The Wheatsheaf, Old Milton (where you could win an LP with your ticket). Opposite where the medical centre (I think previously it used to be the Hilton Hotel) there were cigarette (No. 6 please) and chocolate box machines (where if you were lucky the machine jammed and you gained more than one box). The El Rico was one of the places to meet - I remember Pat worked there. You could walk all round the town at night and feel safe. Carefree days .....
For Natalie.... I remember the El Rico well... I spent a lot of time there 1959-62ish. I lived in Mudeford then, then unfortunately can't find any pictures anywhere so far. I would be interested to hear from anyone who remembers the El Rico as well.
Although not from the New Milton area, I came across your web site by accident and spent the next couple of hours just looking at all the great pictures. I love local history, so it really appealed to me. Brilliant site. Thanks
I have found from Census of 1911 that a relative from my great grandmother Emily Lambert born 1869 at Limpsfield in Surrey the married a James Keane who was in the Army. Many other relatives came from the Wimborne area as per census forms. From a census form 1911 Lucretia Manuel, who was 40 years old, was Proprietor of Barton Court Hotel, New Milton.. does anyone have any knowledge of her? Her husband's name was Edwin Manuel. Strange as it may seem I am married to a Spanish man hence my surname Maldonado. Trying to find some details of the hotel whilst she was there. Can anyone help? It is for my family tree. Any help would be appreciated! Many thanks June
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