The old Coach and Horses public house

The old Coach and Horses public house

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

This old image has just been sent in by a member of the public whose family used to run the Coach and Horses public house. This pub was located on the old A3 close to where the visitor centre and main park facilities are now. A pretty building that was set in a downland landscape before any of the Queen Elizabeth Forest trees were planted in the 1930s and 40s, and  the country park was opened in 1976.

 During the major road works of the 1960s this building was demolished. At the same time thousands of tonnes of chalk from Butser Hill and the surrounding area were used to upgrade the A3 down to the coast, and to create a good deal of the reclaimed land on which Port Solent now stands. 

To the rear of the building can be seen War and Holt Down, still identifiable today on the Park map, although now covered in trees. In the 1920s a man from the Forestry Commission came and set up office in the Coach and Horses and from this base he planned the afforestation of the area. The Forestry Commission now owns many thousands of acres of plantation along the South Downs.
The car in the image is believed to be an Austin  7,  possibly a Swallow edition from the early 1930s. This belonged to the then owner Mr L.B Tyndall, and helps date the scene.
For more information about the history of the area the County Council has an extensive photo archive, including many images of the Butser area at www.hants.gov.uk/archives      
Buriton parish also has a large collection of local material in its Heritage Bank at www.buriton.org.uk
 
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