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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of New Milton was 25,717.
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‘New’ Milton essentially began life after the arrival of the railway in 1888, however the original manor of Milton was listed in the Domesday Book (1086) as Mildeltune, meaning ‘middle farm” and is certainly much older. At this time it was most likely a scattering of small huts and farms.
By 1303, the settlement had grown enough for Thomas de Chaucombe to gain permission to hold a weekly market and an annual fair on the feast day of Mary Magdalene. Despite his attempts to establish a busy market town, Milton didn’t grow and was most likely superseded by other nearby towns. It wasn’t uncommon around this time for towns to almost go to war over local market rights, as being able to bring trade and commerce to a town decided whether it would survive and thrive or fall into obscurity as Milton appears to have done.
This original village sat just south of the church. Mounds of earthworks were visible on Moat Lane until 1956 but excavations at this time revealed the ‘moat’ was actually most likely to be traces of these earliest settlements dating back somewhere between the 9th and 12th centuries.
Between 1365 to 1565 the manor was owned by the Tyrell family, ancestors of Walter Tyrell, the man responsible for the ‘accidental’ arrow shot during a hunting party in the New Forest that killed the rather unpopular King William II, son of William the Conqueror.
During the 1700s the area was rife with smuggling. Landing at places like Barton on Sea, smuggling gangs would bring goods ashore, travelling close or even through Milton, they would meet their counterparts hidden in the New Forest and the goods be exchanged for cash. Locals at Milton would either be paid off or simply know to turn a blind eye out of fear.
In 1835, a Church of England school was built offering free education to the village children, it remained until just after the First World War. By 1881 the population had reached 1,489. Things turned around in 1888 when a new railway station was opened in the village. A brewer by the name of Mr. Hugh Wyeth saw a glimpse of the future and what it could bring. He bet big, building a hotel, shop, Milton Hall and generally building his own small town. The gamble paid off and by 1926 ‘New Milton’ was recognised as an urban district. However, after just 5 years the new town was swallowed up again, and in 1932, despite local outcry, it became a borough of Lymington.
The 1940s saw New Milton hit by the war when the German Luftwaffe dropped bombs on the town, most likely aiming for the water tower. The growing town also had an army hospital and was particularly popular with US airman from nearby Lymington or Holmsey.
Today New Milton is charming, with wonderful access to the glorious coast, the New Forest, cities like Southampton and Bournemouth and direct trains to London. It’s easy to see why New Milton removals are in such high demand.
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