Hampshire Treasures

Volume 5 ( New Forest)

Page 53 - Burley

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Burley probably derives from the Saxon "bury" which usually denoted an Iron Age hill fort (i.e. Castle Hill). Between 1680 and 1786 the Bailiwick of Burley was ruled by the Dukes of Bolton. The devouring Bisterne Dragon is said to have had a lair on Burley Beacon. The village has strong smuggling associations.

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