Hampshire Treasures

Volume 5 ( New Forest)

Page 243 - Minstead

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Minstead is noted for its church with its three-decker pulpit, and for the "Rufus Stone" - the traditional site of the death of William II in 1100. Paleolithic implements have been found here, and there are Bronze Age barrows. There is an Iron Age hill top fort at Malwood covering 1.8 hectares. It was near here that a beacon site was situated, receiving signals from Marchwood covering 1.8 hectares. It was near here that a beacon site was situated, receiving signals from Marchwood and direct from Freshwater in the Isle of Wight. Another interesting feature is the old Inn sign at the "Trusty Servant".

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