Buckler's Hard is an 18th Century hamlet in the heart of the New Forest National Park, just over 2 miles away from Beaulieu
village. This important historic site is famous for being the birthplace of many wooden naval ships, including some from Admiral Nelson's fleet.
This picturesque village was created by the 2nd Duke of Montagu as a free port for trade with the West Indies. He intended to set-up sugar planations in St. Lucia and export the produce to Buckler's Hard. However, the French captured the islands and his idea was quashed.
In the 1740's Buckler's Hard became a shipbuilding village, supplying the Navy with wooden vessels using the local New Forest timber. Henry Adams, the Master Shipbuilder, and his sons built many ships including Euryalus, Swiftsure and Admiral Nelson's favourite ship Agamemnon, all of which fought at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The home of Henry Adams is now The Master Shipbuilders House Hotel.
The Buckler's Hard Story and Maritime Museum has models, photographs, reconstructed cottages and information relating to the origins of this river-bank village, its inhabitants and the importance of the river during the 2nd World War.
The local countryside is beautiful and the charming, nearby Beaulieu Village can be reached by walking alongside the river (just over 2 miles away).