Nomansland Memories

Through the Eyes of the Villagers

From the Wiltshire Community History website we learn that settlement on common land at Nomansland began at the end of the 16th century. Nomansland can be said to have officially started life on 23 October 1802 by the discharge of an encroachment case, when it was decided that the area was not in the New Forest. John Shergold was alleged to have erected a charcoal burner’s cabin on the King’s land in c.1795; this is believed to have been on the site of the present Boundary Cottage. It is believed that other settlers moved in shortly after this decision and built mud houses (clay and chopped heather) with thatched roofs. By 1817 there were houses in an area named South Lane and it is likely that the early houses were built by single men, who married after they had established themselves.

Nomansland became a civil parish in 1857 (it did not become part of Redlynch until 1934). Public houses and churches were both opened as the population increased with the Lamb at Nomansland opened in 1881 while a mission hall was built in the 1880s.

In the later 19th century there was further development when the reading room and library was built in North Lane, Nomansland in 1910.

This Forest village has changed so much in the space of a lifetime. For more information from some of the long-term residents telling their stories of Forest life, click on Nomansland Memories


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