Unusually low tides around Thursday 13 August should allow New Forest District Council Â 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 DistrictÂ Council is advising visitors not to swim. Once the beach was regularly used for swimming by boys fromÂ 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’sÂ World War Two defences.