The village of Lyndhurst, about ten miles west of Southampton, is known as the capital of the New Forest. Written as Linhest in 1086, its name is derived from the linden or lime tree, ‘hurst’ being a wooded hillock. Perhaps of Jutish origin, the village was ancient when Canute demonstrated at nearby Southampton that even a king could not rule the waves. A few years later another king, William of Normandy (the Conqueror) visited Lyndhurst while enjoying his hunting.
Of the few really old buildings still extant in Lyndhurst, the best known is the Queen’s House. This handsome brick building is now occupied by the Forestry Commission. Attached to the Queen’s House is the Verderers’ Court with a history going back hundreds of years. The present court, as now constituted, dates from 1949, but it still has the power to deny Lyndhurst its urgently needed bypass. The heavy commercial and commuter traffic passing through the High Street is the only blight to the village.
The offices of the New Forest District Council are situated in Lyndhurst. At Foxlease the Girl Guides Association Centre entertains Guides from all over the world. The Hampshire Police Force is represented by a large modem police station.
Churches supply the need of three denominations. The largest, St Michael’s, an imposing brick building, contains a famous fresco by Lord Leighton and windows by Burne-Jones and William Morris. In the churchyard is the grave of Alice Hargreaves, for whom, when a little girl, Alice in Wonderland was written.
There is a golf course and a very old cricket ground. The beautiful little mound known as ‘Boltons Bench’ hill, makes a perfect grandstand for cricket spectators and attracts skiers and tobogganists in winter. The opposite end of the village to Boltons Bench is Swan Green, world-famous for its picturesque thatched cottages, often depicted on picture postcards.
The village information above is taken from The Hampshire Village Book, written by members of the Hampshire Federation of Women’s Institutes and published by Countryside Books.
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Less Glare & Fatigue
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VLT (stands for Visible Light Transmittance)
A standard tint job covers all windows behind the driver’s seat. We also offer a clear UV / smash protection film that can legally be fitted onto the front windows. View our Protection & Safety page to learn more.
35% VLT (shades 65%)
For a very subtle look
- Allows 35% of light to pass through.
- Once fitted you can ‘just’ see through the vehicle creating a subtle classy look.
- Often used on classic cars for a very stylish subtle look, not too over the top.
- Yes, this will still make your front windows totally illegal if applied.
Medium Factory Tint
20% VLT (shades 80%)
The best option for most vehicles.
You can just about see silhouettes through the film and don’t give too much of a contrast against the ‘clear’ front doors.
- Allows 20% of light to pass through.
- Improved viewing for TV / back seat screens.
- Requested by dealerships for a factory finish to match standard manufactured privacy glass.
- Most popular choice by far
5% VLT (shades 95%)
This is an extreme blackout tint, recommended for maximum privacy.
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- Best viewing for TV / back seat screens or laptops and iPads.
- Used on commercial vehicles (vans & trucks) to help stop tool theft, etc.
- Will reduce your ability to see behind at night plus increase parking difficulty at night.
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