The White House is a charming Victorian house adjacent to
town and beach, the New Forest, and the historic town of
England lies at the confluence of the River Avon and
River Stour, between Bournemouth and the New Forest. The
Saxons knew Christchurch as Twynham - the place between the
waters. The present name is taken from the great Norman
priory church, which is the longest parish church in England,
and is set alongside the Norman castle amidst a jumble of little streets with quaint shops
and restaurants. You could also try out the old stocks and possibly even
the ducking stool which was the last one to be used in anger. If you find the
Town Crier he might even tell you all about it!
Delightful riverside walks lead on to Stanpit Marsh, an
area of special interest for wildlife lovers, and Christchurch
Harbour which is an important spot for migrating birds.
Christchurch also has a weekly (Monday) market held in Saxon
Square and closer to The White House there is a
Friday market at Highcliffe.
Highcliffe beach is protected by limestone rock groynes. They
effectively retard coast erosion, and unlike some forms of sea-defences, they do
not hinder public access to the sand beaches between them.
Groynes of rock have long been used in the area and they were present near Highcliffe Castle in 1880 when Lady
Waterford of the Castle had them put in place to turn the extended course of the Run
outward. The famous
"Run" is where salmon are netted in their journeys
from river to sea.
These beaches are 5 minutes walk from
the White House and can also be accessed from the grounds of
Highcliffe Castle. The restored castle, originally built
in 1835, is set in peaceful gardens and is an excellent place to
relax and explore the historical exhibition of
Nearby there is a fishing quay at Mudeford, known for its
eighteenth century smuggling activities and battle with the
Navy. The beach shown in the picture was not always
just a peaceful place for dog-walkers. Not being far across the
Channel from France and being relatively sheltered and sandy it
was once a favorite place for smuggling. In 1784 the Battle at
Mudeford took place near the western end of the beach. This was
between the Navy and smugglers and in spite of the skirmish,
about 300 people were involved in getting the contraband away in
fifty wagons. During the "battle" a naval
sailing-master was killed, and as a later consequence a leading
smuggler was hung and his body suspended in an iron cage on
lies the beautiful New Forest. We suggest you visit the
official New Forest website for details on this green wonderland
and its unique community. Click
here to go there now.
Click on the image to the right to go to the New Forest Council
Website for further details.