Frogham, Hampshire

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Frogham
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The Forester's Arms, Frogham
Frogham is located in Hampshire
Frogham
Frogham
 Frogham shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU173128
Civil parish Hyde
District New Forest
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FORDINGBRIDGE
Postcode district SP6
Dialling code 01425
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament New Forest West
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire

Coordinates: 50°54′54″N 1°45′21″W / 50.9151°N 1.7557°W / 50.9151; -1.7557

Frogham is a small village in the New Forest National Park of Hampshire, England. Its nearest town is Fordingbridge, which lies approximately 1.8 miles (2.5 km) north-west from the village.

The village[edit]

Frogham is a small village in the civil parish of Hyde. It is the second-largest settlement in the parish after Hyde itself.[1] Frogham is situated on a plateau over-looking the heathland of the New Forest to the east.[2] The village is situated around a crossroads leading to the nearby settlements of Hyde, Blissford, and Stuckton.[2]

Frogham has a small congregational church,[3] and a pub, known as The Foresters Arms.[4] Hyde memorial hall is also located in Frogham.[2]

Frogham also has an ancient roadside well called "Abbots Well" providing refreshment for both animals and humans.[5][6]

History[edit]

The earliest records which mention Frogham date from the beginning of the 14th century.[7] There are many legends which identify the Frogham area as being a centre for smuggling in the 18th century.[7] The chapel in Frogham was originally a non-conformist school for 70 pupils; it was also registered for worship,[7] and the current building dates from 1910.[2] Many of the houses in the village were built in the 1950s and 1960s.[2]

Frogham Fair[edit]

Frogham is the location of the annual Frogham Fair – a traditional village fête which takes place on the afternoon of the Saturday of the August Bank holiday weekend in the fields near Frogham crossroads.[8] Established in 1971 and organised by local volunteers, the fair raises money for the Memorial Hall and local charities.[8] A highlight of the fair is the wheelbarrow race up the exceptionally steep Blissford Hill.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hyde Parish Village Design Statement, page 7
  2. ^ a b c d e Hyde Parish Village Design Statement, page 8
  3. ^ Churches, Hyde Parish Council
  4. ^ The Foresters Arms, Frogham
  5. ^ Norman Henderson, (2007), A Walk Around the New Forest: In Thirty-Five Circular Walks, page 114. Frances Lincoln Ltd
  6. ^ Abbots Well, strollingguides.co.uk
  7. ^ a b c Hyde Parish Village Design Statement, page 2
  8. ^ a b Frogham Fair, Hyde Parish Council

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