War defences exposed at Hordle

Unusually low tides around Thursday 13 August should allow New Forest District Council  to be able to remove war defences from Hordle Beach.

The deeply buried ‘scaffolding’ poles were placed below the tide line in 1940 to deter German invaders. Shifting sands buried them for many years but now recent erosion has exposed them again.

New Forest District Council is advising visitors not to swim. Once the beach was regularly used for swimming by boys from Hordle House School. Much earlier the 18th-century house was the home of Lord Justice Thesiger who in 1880 allegedly died at an early age due to too much swimming.

The concrete ‘dragons teeth’ at nearby Taddiford Gap were part of Hordle’s World War Two defences.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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