Wedding Bells and War Graves

St.Nicholas Parish Church Brockenhurst is noted in both the Doomsday Book and on my marrage certificate it is said to be the oldest church in the New Forest. Some Saxon herring bone masonry is situated in the Nave. The South doorway is Norman. The Church was enlarged in Victorian times. The Churchyard boasts a fine Yew Tree near the South entrance porch which is estimated at over 1000 years of age.

During WW1 due to railway connections from Southampton Docks and several large houses Brockenhurst was in 1915 chosen by the War Office to become a Hospital Centre In 1916 Indian hospital beds were replaced by New Zealand casualties. The Hospital remained until 1919. Over 100 New Zealand Soldiers are remember in the lower end of the Churchyard.

Church note to Yew Tree on left in picture

Church note to Yew Tree on left in picture

New Zealand CWGC memorial

New Zealand CWGC memorial

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Brusher Mills

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2 thoughts on “Wedding Bells and War Graves

  1. The church looks good in b&w, went there many years ago, its a beautiful little church. We got married in Hythe Church, which also has some small parts of the saxon church left đŸ™‚

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