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Local Studies at Lymington Library

The local studies collection at Lymington covers the area adjacent to the town – between Barton and Beaulieu – and the New Forest.

Newspapers & Periodicals

  • Lymington Times (bound volumes) 1935-1950, 1953-1972, 1980-2011
  • Hampshire Magazine (bound volumes) 1960 to the present day (indexed)
  • The New Forest Magazine (bound volumes) 1954-1973
  • Hampshire Life Magazine 1998 to the present day (incomplete)
  • New Milton Advertiser (microfilm) 1928-1958, 1970-1979, 2002-2010
  • Lymington & S. Hants Chronicle – title varies (microfilm) 1857-1932 (except 1883)
  • Indexed Cuttings Collection containing topics of local interest.
  • Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society since 1885 (with indexes for Volumes 1-40)
  • Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Newletters 1965 – 1975 (incomplete)
  • Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Newsletters (new series) 1984 to date (excluding Nos 23 and 32)
  • Hampshire Notes and Queries (bound) Vol I to Vol X
  • Hampshire Family Historian Vol VII (1980) to date
  • Hampshire Archives Trust (Reports & Newsletters) 1993 – 2012 (incomplete)


  • Lymington holds a large collection of OS maps covering the town and adjacent areas in 6” to one mile and 25” to one mile series
  • Comprehensive collection of historical maps of the area from 1898
  • Goad plans for Lymington from 1983 – 2011
  • National Park boundary maps.
  • Modern OS Landranger and Explorer series available.

Directories and Registers

  • 19th and 20th century street directories listing tradesmen, officials and inhabitants
  • Extracts (photocopied or microfiche) from Hampshire Directories for Lymington and local area  from 1784 to 1968
  • Electoral Registers for the New Forest Division for 1918, 1935, 1955, 1977-2001

Parish Registers on microfiche

  • Beaulieu: baptisms (1653-1962, marriages (1653-1958), burials (1653-1895)
  • Boldre: baptisms (1596-1970), marriages (1596-1961), burials (1596-1926)
  • Bramshaw: baptisms (1597-1964), marriages (1597-1966), burials (1597-1865)
  • Brockenhurst: baptisms (1594-1940), marriages (1594-1912), burials (1594-1911)
  • East Boldre: marriages (1841-1982)
  • Hordle: baptisms (1772-1942), marriages (1754-1993), burials (1772-1961)
  • Lymington: baptisms (1658-1888), marriages (1658-1963), burials (1658-1916)
  • Lymington – Woodside: marriages (1911-1982)
  • Lyndhurst: baptisms (1737-1928), marriages (1737-1962), burials (1737-1813)
  • Milford: baptisms (1594-1982), marriages (1594-1968), burials ( 1594-1942)
  • Milton: baptisms (1654-1983), marriages (1654-1969), burials (1654-1961)
  • Milton -Ashley: marriages (1957-1976)
  • Pennington: baptisms (1839-1957), marriages (1839-1970), burials (1839-1980)
  • South Baddesley: baptisms (1858-1928), marriages ( 1860-1978)
  • Sway: baptisms (1839-1958), marriages (1843-1982), burials (1839-1981)

Family History Resources

  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI Mormon Index) for England, Scotland and Wales on microfiche
  • Hampshire Record Office Wills index on microfiche
  • Free access to Ancestry and Find my Past websites on the library computers.


  • Extensive reference library of books on Lymington, the locality, and the New Forest
  • Large collection of books for loan on Lymington, the locality, and the New Forest
  • Local books that are useful for family history research
  • Local books relating to the area during World War Two
  • Various books by local authors.
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Room hire

The room is available during library opening hours.

Refreshments can be provided - tea/coffee 25p per cup, water jug available free of charge

Equipment: laptop, data projector, projector stand and flip chart, screen.


  • Seats up to 12 at conference style table

  • Seats 25 in rows with room for a speaker


  • Standard £10 per hour

  • Partners £5 per hour



Public Computers Yes, 15 computers
WiFi Yes
Scanner Yes
Printing Yes, colour printing
Photocopying Yes, black and white, colour, A4, A3 and double-sided
Fax Yes
Microfiche reader Yes, printing not available
Exhibition facilities Yes, small hanging exhibition 4m width x 1.2m maximum depth
Room Hire Yes
Local Studies Collection Yes
Coffee Facilities No


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  • parking - 2 designated bays for Blue Badge holders
  • wheelchair access into building
  • accessible toilet
  • baby changing facilities

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Lymington Library

North Close
Lymington, SO41 9BW
tel 0845 6035631 call charges

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Opening hours

  • Mon 9am - 5pm
  • Tue 9am - 7pm
  • Wed 9am - 5pm
  • Thu 9am - 5pm
  • Fri 9am - 7pm
  • Sat 9am - 5pm
  • Sun Closed

Closed on Public Holidays