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By Bro. C. J. Phillips, of the Hampshire Independent.
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This work—as its name implies—forms a lxandy guide to the New Forest of William the Conqueror, " the largest tract of unenclosed land, and one of the finest examples of woodland scenery in England, embracing some 91,000 acres." Its history, situation, extent, and scenery are described, and the pedestrian is taken alike to its most sequestered glades and its best known scenes.
All that it embraces calculated to interest the ecclesiologist and antiquary, the agriculturist and botanist, the naturalist and entomologist, is pointed out as the visitor is conducted through a district of which Gilpin in his Forest Scenery wrote " Within equal limits few parts of England afford a greater variety of beautiful landscape, its woody scenes, its extended lawns, and vast sweeps of wild country, together with its river views and distant coasts, being all in a great degree magnificent."
Such a book was much needed. The writer has executed his task in an intelligent and agreeable manner, and with a right appreciation of the interesting subject on which he has treated.—Salisbury Journal.
The manual now before us will supply the visitor to the charming scenes which are peculiar to the Forest, with all that is requisite to enable him to view at a glance where to go, what to see, and how to see it. The work though small is very comprehensive. It is not a mere dry narration of historical facts and circumstances, but is in brief an interesting review of the whole subject by one who is evidently familiar with, and has well studied the New Forest, its history, and its surroundings.—Hampshire Chronicle (Winchester).
By its aid a visitor to the Forest will be able to find his way about it without difficulty. By taking it with him any one may traverse the Forest without any fear of being lost, and find it a pleasant and instructive companion.—Hampshire Advertiser (Southampton).
The very best sources of information have been consulted in the compilation of the work ; the Map and Itinerary will be extremely useful; and as the author, who is an enthusiastic admirer of Nature, evidently writes with that freshness which results from personal observation, we are sure that his work will have a very cordial welcome.— Southampton Times.
Such a work has long, been a desideratum, both among tourists and the "trade." The laws and customs of the Forest are very well set forth, and much interesting information is given. We are then instructed how to see the Forest. We have sonic very good descriptions of the woodland charms of the Forest, and both the inhabitants of the neighbourhood and visitors will find it instructive and entertaining.—Southampton Observer.
The little book contains a directing word at every point of the way. With it the pedestrian may wander among the most secluded glades of this delightful locality, and will be reminded throughout his progress of all that is interesting in its nature and history. In consulting its pages he will save time, labour, and money, and will find his pilgrimage lightened and cheered with its friendly and multifarious information. The book is exceedingly well written, and will without doubt be gladly welcomed by tourists. —Lymington Chronicle.
A .great quantity of very interesting information, respecting the history of the Forest, its rights and government, its villages and its charming scenery. Remarkably well written, in this respect it bears favourable comparison with most guide books, and it] is perfectly trustworthy. The descriptions are as unostentatious as the advice is judicious.—Hereford Journal
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