Trees, Woods, Forests

Saxton's Hampshire 1575

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Woods and
and Trees
Saxton's map of Hampshire shows definite groups of trees indicating forests, which are mostly named. Undergrowth is also shown by little bushes. The forests mostly correspond to the great hunting preserves declared as royal forests; but not all. Trees are also drawn in parks. The forests on Saxton's map are listed below.

We have not attempted to explore the relationships of all groups of trees on the map with woods today.

The version of Saxton's map in the Hampshire collection has ill-engraved additions to the plate. One of these is the Sheereoke marking the meeting of shire boundaries of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.

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'modern' name (parish; ngr) = old name if given
Alice Holt Forest (Binsted parish; SU8042) = Alisholt forest
Buckholt Forest = Buckholt forest
Chute Forest = Chute hamshire forest
East Bere Forest? = forest of Est Bere, The
Harewood Forest (Longparish parish; SU4044)
New Forest = New forest, The
Pamber Forest (Pamber parish; SU6161) = Pamber forest
Shire Oak (Fordingbridge parish) = Sheere oke
Sutton Beech Wood (Bishops Sutton parish; SU6233)
Waltham Forest = Waltham forest
West Bere Forest = West Bere forest
Woolmer Forest (Whitehill parish; SU8032) = Wulmere forest
Coleburn, Phil; Court, Nicky; Howe, Johnathon: 1995 (2nd edn): Ancient Woodland: Hampshire County Council (Planning Dept):: ISBN 01 85975 046 X

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