New Milton is a town of over 23,000 people situated on the south coast of England, almost directly inland from the western tip of the Isle of Wight. The seaside resort of Bournemouth lies ten miles to the west and the major port of Southampton twenty miles to the north east. The villages of Milton, Ashley and Barton have, over the years, expanded until they now form the town of New Milton.
Bashley village (pictured at the turn of the century) situated on the town's northern boundary lies within the New Forest Heritage Area and still remains a quiet rural village. The cliffs at Barton-on-Sea are world famous, in the archaeological field for the fossils which are to be found in the clay there, dating from 40-50 million years ago. Read a short history of New Milton, based on the original writings of our local historian, Arthur Lloyd.
New Milton Town Council is responsible for maintenance of most of the open spaces within the town. It has developed excellent sporting facilities, including the recently opened Fernhill Cricket ground and the magnificent Fawcetts Field Sports Ground, over the last few years. Fawcetts Field, which is the home of the local football club, also houses athletics facilities. It is also a great place to just take a stroll, and enjoy the clean local air.
These facilities were developed, at no cost to local residents, by making use of developer's contributions. The woodland areas in our care are very maintained to high standards to ensure their natural beauty is preserved for the benefit of all. New Milton is relatively young, the present town centre evolving from the coming of the railway to Milton in 1886, and we celebrated New Milton's Centenary in 1996 with a full programme of events The Town Council offices may be contacted by telephone on (01425) 619120.
Visit the New Milton Town Partnership web site, a resource for the town and its residents.
Ex-patriot Miltonians may like to view an online record of New Milton and its surrounding areas in old and new photographs.
The New Forest is justly famous for its wonderful scenery and history. Local residents with 'commoner's rights' are entitled to turn animals, including ponies, cows, and pigs onto the Forest for grazing. The Forest is mainly managed by the Forestry Commission, who not only maintain the area but also work it for timber. It is a wonderful area for walking, cycling and horse riding. There are many lovely old pubs scattered around the area, and it really is a delightful place to visit.
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