Pennington’s Past

We document the history of Pennington from pre-historic times through to the modern day; the early settlement at Yaldhurst, the impact of Norman invasion in the 11th century, and the creation of Pennington in the 12th century by its first knight John De Acton. We explore the inglorious fate of Pennington’s manor owners (including the royal assassination of a manor owner who had fled to Switzerland!), Britain’s last ‘legal’ military duel held on Pennington Common, and the local impact of Britain’s colonial conquests.

Through to the end of the manorial system in the early 20th Century, Pennington was a small community with a population not much more than 900. The saltworks, which had been at the centre of the local economy for hundreds of years, had long since closed and Europe was on the brink of World War One. Pennington lost men to the wars, but experienced significant population growth afterwards.

In the 1930’s the dirt tracks became roads. Through the mid to late 20th century urban sprawl continued. Fields and allotments around Priestlands Farm, The Pound, the Fox Pond, Efford Farm, and Haglane Copse became schools and houses. We aim to capture the history of Pennington by capturing all of these changes on this website. (See History & Heritage)

Pennington Today

Today, Pennington is easily the largest ward within the Lymington & Pennington Civil Parish with a population of over six thousand, and is bordered by the wards of Milford, Hordle, Sway, Buckland, and Lymington.

Pennington’s population is 6,060. That compares to 5,844 in Lymington & 3,501 in Buckland. See link here.

HampshireHub Stats, 2017

Pennington is the link between the New Forest and the Solent. Pennington is home to four schools, two preschools, a nursery school, a church, four excellent pubs, health facilities, and local shops.

Local businesses include aerospace engineers, chartered accountants, care homes, two breweries (one with a distillery!), heating and plumbing engineers, a vineyard, car sales, physiotherapy practitioners, campsites, stylists, farms, builders and carpenters, B&Bs, and more. (See Area Guide)

Running, walking and cycling on the Solent Way, and around the lagoons and marshes of Lower Pennington, are very popular pursuits. There are also fantastic areas to walk in Upper Pennington, including the footpaths across Pennington Common and paths that begin at Yaldhurst Farm and lead across to Lymington. (See Activities)

 Alongside the marshes, Lower Pennington is home to important local infrastructure including a recycling centre, a water treatment works, and a pioneering solar farm.

The Health Centre at Priestlands has a 25 metre swimming pool, an astro-turf pitch for 5 a-side football and hockey, a gym, and offers a varied schedule of aerobic, yoga and martial arts classes. Pennington also offers cultural pursuits including folk music evenings, historical talks (and walks), dance classes, and more. (See Activities)


Lymington & Pennington Town Council, New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council form the three tiers of local government officially responsible for the Pennington area. (See Government)

And #Pennington Village.UK is officially on IG! Lots of photos to follow!

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New Forest National Park Authority (“NFNPA”) also has planning authority over much of Pennington including the western-side of Upper Pennington including Pennington Common, as well as much of Lower Pennington including Pennington & Oxey Marshes, which are within a Nature Reserve managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust. A large proportion of the area under NPNPA authority is also SSSI designated such that it also comes under the authority of Natural England. (See Environment) 


There is a very active and cohesive community in Pennington, including community support and youth groups, sports and social committees, a residents association, the church congregation, the WI, and others. (See Local Groups)

Donkey Derby Panto Race on #Pennington Common – Summer 2016

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Various local community groups arrange events in the Pennington area. These include a very popular Christmas Fayre in the centre of the village (with real reindeer!), a summer event on the Common (in 2016 we were racing donkeys!), fireworks on the Sports Field, and summer beer and cider festivals.  (See Events)

Geology & Environment

Pennington sits on the river terrace plateau between Avon Water to the west and Yaldhurst stream to the east (see more in the Geology section). Pennington has a rich and diverse environment. Walking around Pennington you will see marshland, woodland and open field wildlife, flora and fauna, trees and hedgerows, rivers and streams

Pennington Common and Upper Common are designated SSSIs (see Natural England website references 197, 198, and 199). Pennington marshes are divided into 11 designated SSSIs (see Natural England website references 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 23).

Pennington’s Future

NFDC’s 2014 Local Plan and draft 2016-2036 Local Plan Review propose significant development across the Lower Pennington areas, with 300 new homes to be built.

The Neighbourhood Plan, which is being led by Lymington & Pennington Town Council, aims to shape that development in line with local community priorities and interests. It is likely that there will be a significant amount of infill as well as urban expansion in and around Pennington over the next 20 years. This will increase the human pressures on the local environment and infrastructure, and will also further increase the importance of Pennington in the wider local economy.  (See Future and Planning)

Footnote: ‘Pennington’ is defined based on the electoral ward boundary as at August 2016 (with certain boundary-businesses included where appropriate). Click here for more information.
Click here for a link to statistics about Pennington on HampshireHub.
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