Picket Post

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Picket Post
A31 dual carriageway at Picket Post - geograph.org.uk - 178620.jpg
Picket Post is located in Hampshire
Picket Post
Picket Post
Location within Hampshire
OS grid referenceSU191061
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRINGWOOD
Postcode districtBH24 3
PoliceHampshire
FireHampshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
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UK
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Hampshire
50°51′15″N 1°43′43″W / 50.8543°N 1.7287°W / 50.8543; -1.7287Coordinates: 50°51′15″N 1°43′43″W / 50.8543°N 1.7287°W / 50.8543; -1.7287

Picket Post is a road junction and service area in the New Forest National Park of Hampshire, England. It lies on the A31 road.

Facilities[edit]

Picket Post is located on the A31 dual carriageway which passes through the New Forest. It is situated 2.5 miles from the A338 at Ringwood and 8 miles from Junction 1 of the M27 at Cadnam.[1] A minor road to the village of Burley joins with the A31 at Picket Post. There is a roadside service area on both sides of the dual carriageway.

Picket Post is the location of a cricket ground for Ellingham cricket club, and there is a rugby training pitch next to it.[2][3]

History[edit]

Picket Post was once an important junction of the toll road to Poole with the road to Burley and Lymington.[4] The name derives from a picket (i.e. a post) which marked the spot, but it may have acquired a second meaning from a picket of soldiers stationed at a strategic point on the smugglers's route.[4] There was an inn here for most of the 19th century, which around 1900 became a tea house whose sign was a large golden kettle - it was demolished in 1969.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norman Henderson, (2007), A Walk Around the New Forest: In Thirty-Five Circular Walks, pages 145. Frances Lincoln Ltd
  2. ^ Ellingham Cricket at play-cricket.com
  3. ^ Picket Post at rugby.isport.com
  4. ^ a b c Norman Henderson, (2007), A Walk Around the New Forest: In Thirty-Five Circular Walks, pages 141-2. Frances Lincoln Ltd

External links[edit]

Media related to Picket Post at Wikimedia Commons