Chaucombe Green

This afternoon Jackie drove me to the pharmacy at Milford on Sea to collect a repeat prescription, and then on to Ringwood to buy printer inks from Wessex Photo.

On the way we passed Old Milton’s Chaucombe Green, which is becoming something of a memorial ground.

One of the ‘Lest We Forget’ outlined soldiers, sponsored by Councillor Geoff Beck, stands among autumn leaves fronting a bed planted with winter pansies.

A Flanders poppy decorates a lamppost beside the bordering pavement.

In ‘120 Animal Casualties’ I reported on the tally towards the end of last year posted on Roger Penny Way. I had been under the impression that this was the number of deaths.

Graphic standing silhouettes of those killed total 56. It would appear that the others were injured. As can be seen, no group of those animals who have the right of way on forest roads, went unscathed.

As I am trying to get my head around the new editing facility I cannot tell whether it will be possible for viewers to enlarge these images. I am therefore copying out the text of the Brief History of Milton Village. 

‘The manor of Milton (‘Mildeltune’) is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and literally means ‘Middle Farm’. It was part of the lands belonging to Hugh de Port, and the estate was held for him by William Chernet. The Chernet family maintained possession of Milton into the 13th century, although lesser families were managing the estate on their behalf. The most important of these were the Chaucombe (or Chalcombe) family, who were probably the first people to build a church in Milton in the mid 13th century. In 1303 Thomas de Chaucombe was given permission to hold a weekly market on Tuesdays at Milton, as well as an annual fair on the feast day of Mary Magdalene. From 1365 to 1565, the manor was in the possession of the Tyrrell family. The manor passed through various hands in subsequent centuries. The last significant owners were the Bursey family in the 19th century, and in the 1890s the remaining lands of the estate were subdivided and sold.’

I’m sure one or more of my blogging friends will let me know if this has been an unnecessary effort. 

The market mentioned above continues to this day, although at some stage it has moved to Wednesday.

This evening we dined on breaded chicken steaks from Tesco, which Jackie spiced up with very hot ratatouille, served with crisp sautéed potatoes and tender green beans. I finished the Merlot.


  1. Interesting stuff.
    The irresponsible twits who fail to respect the animal right-of-way should have a compulsory sticker banning them from using the New Forest roads.

    1. That would be a good idea. A local publican tells a story about a visitor ranting about the damage a pony he had just hit had done to his posh car. Thanks a lot. Leslie

  2. I’m also surprised the casualties were not great–but thankful, I suppose. It’s amazing and wonderful to me to have a market that has existed since the early fourteenth century.
    I also could not enlarge. I haven’t tried the new editor yet, but so far, I haven’t heard great things about it.

  3. On my (old) computer the writing was easily legible because the picture was giganto-enormous size. On my tablet the picture was ordinary size but it could be enlarged in the normal way.
    It would be interesting to know what a small car looks like after hitting a horse hard enough to kill it. I presume with pigs and sheep the totals are so low because the people who hit them put them in the back of the car and take them home for a barbecue.

  4. Good post, but you’re right, no enlarging. What I have to do is copy the url for the picture and then, while editing the post, click the photo and Link icon to put in the url and then apply it. It used to be a pain in the neck, but now I’m used to it.

  5. Those poor animals deserve that lovely memorial, Derrick. The new editor is not to my liking and I find it very cumbersome. Regarding images, I use Picmonkey to adjust my images, if needed.

        It is a program where you can resize, enhance and create images. I use it to create my banners and I also use it to resize and sharpen my photos before I insert them in my blog.
        I worked with the new editor yesterday and it took 3 hours for me to accomplish what I normally do in an hour. It takes some getting used to and I feel it is very cumbersome.

  6. People are talking about the new editor and I haven’t tried it yet. Are you sending comments back? I know I’ll have to learn it at some point, but…I did always wonder if there were casualties among the animals. I was always surprised in the UK by the flocks and herds on the road (here it’s large farm machinery blocking traffic, except out west where there are so few cars, the cattle can just roam). It’s a bit like urban driving where unwary pedestrians wander out in traffic. I like the poppies on the street lamps. That’s a nice way to remind people of Armistice Day.

  7. I’m ready a book about the Crimean War at the moment and have been made aware for the first time of the animals casualties of war. Poor creatures!

  8. Just read through the comments and have discovered your photo woes are due to the Guten-frankenstein-berg editor. I haven’t heard a single good thing about this piece of dreck WordPress is forcing on us. It. Is Terrible!

  9. I can’t enlarge the photos either. I’ve just reverted to the old editor as I can’t get on with the new one and there are a few things I can’t do with it.
    Must get round to telling WP so they can ignore me.

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