The market town of Ringwood in the New Forest is famed for many things – its fabulous brewery, its woollen gloves… and the setting of a long-running sitcom.
The town, which has a population of about 14,000, is home to the leisure centre featured in the BBC’s Brittas Empire, which ran for seven series. Its central character, the incompetent leisure centre manager Gordon Brittas will always be seared in the minds of its viewers as one of the most irritating characters ever.
This doesn’t put people off moving here, however.
Properties in Ringwood had an overall average price of £398,700 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Ringwood during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £531,717. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £345,852, with flats fetching £201,963.
Overall, sold prices in Ringwood over the last year were 1% down on the previous year and similar to the 2017 peak of £395,115.
The parish includes the hamlets of Poulner, Hangersley, Hightown, Crow, Kingston and Bisterne.
Ringwood stands on the western edge of the New Forest at a crossing point of the River Avon. For centuries it has been the traditional market town of the New Forest with its market charter dating back to 1226.
Ringwood has a lively Wednesday morning street market and has remained a delightful, unspoiled historic town with both quaint as well as modern shops, street entertainment, restaurants, pubs and cafés.
Ringwood features a good selection of shops including many independents, three supermarkets and a wide variety of smaller specialist retailers. Be sure to wander down West Street to view the River Avon from the old three-arched stone bridge or enjoy a stroll around Jubilee Garden. The church too is well worth a visit.
Ringwood is on the Avon Valley footpath and has many pubs, restaurants and cafés providing lovely food and entertainment.
Leisure activities aren’t confined to the Brittas Empire leisure centre. There is fishing and water sports to enjoy, and a host of lovely walks both within the town and just outside it.
You can be in Bournemouth or Southampton in minutes and in London very quickly, and there are several good schools in the town.
The senior school is Ringwood School, a national teaching academy. The state primary schools are Ringwood Junior, Poulner Junior, Ringwood CofE Infants and Poulner Infants. There is also Ringwood Waldorf School – a centre for Steiner Education for ages 3 to 18 years with around 260 pupils. The Ringwood Waldorf school is near a Camphill community. Ringwood also has an independent 3–16 day and boarding school called Moyles Court.
In 1108, it was recorded that the tenants of the “manor of Ringwood and Harbridge” had common rights in the New Forest. To this day the ‘Commoners’ can let their animals roam the forest.
One of the local pubs gives its name to an elderly local lady, Alice Lisle, who gave refuge to two wanted men who were escaping the Battle of Sedgemoor. When her home, Moyles Court, (now the school) was raided, the men were found and Alice was arrested. She was sentenced by Judge Jefferies to be burned at the stake but received a late reprieve, and the sentence was reduced to beheading. She is buried at St Mary’s Church, Ellingham
The site of Royal Air Force Station Ibsley, in use during World War II, is on the outskirts of the Ringwood hamlet of Poulner. This site has later been used for motor-racing as Ibsley Circuit and today is a quarry lake area.
Ringwood was noted as the second most expensive market town in England in July 2008 with average property prices of over £380,000.
The town is the home of the Ringwood Brewery, which produces a variety of cask ales and runs five pubs in the local area, such as the Inn on the Furlong in Ringwood. Ringwood brewery also produces a variety of wines. It was recently taken over by Marston’s Brewery, who plan to keep the brewery and all its brands, but lease out its tied public houses.
Ringwood is home to Ellingham and Ringwood Rugby Club who play at Parsonage Barn Lane. They run three senior sides, a women’s side and all mini and junior ages. There are also two cricket clubs, Ringwood Cricket Club who play at Carvers Recreation Ground and Ellingham Cricket Club who play at Picket Post.
Speedway has been staged at nearby Matchams Park. The team, known as the Ringwood Turfs, featured in the Southern Area League in the mid-1950s. There is also a long-standing and active Judo club
Ringwood has a Sailing Club, the Spinnaker Club, based on Blashford Lake in Ivy Lane, about a mile north of the town centre. A number of academic institutions (three universities and three schools) and Sailability are affiliated. Many sailors from this club have had championship success, nationally and internationally.
The main road through Ringwood is the A31, which runs west to Dorchester and east to Southampton via the New Forest.
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, which can be seen from the A37 as you pass Ringwood, is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was rebuilt in the 13th century and survived until 1853, when it was completely knocked down and rebuilt.
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