November 30, 2002

Hurn

Hurn is a small village in the Christchurch Borough of Dorset. It's buildings are mostly brick with some from the 18th century. There are lots of trees and too many fast roads. The village is split by the Bournemouth to Ringwood spur-road taking its dual carriageway past the old train station which is now a restaurant and pub, a railway carriage parked at the platform being one of the dining rooms.

3 quarters of a mile to the West lies Hurn Airport, an international airport, where the planes can be observed from the terminal buildings or from the cafe of the Flying Club alongside the runway.

Attractions at Hurn include the Alice in Wonderland Maze and Family Park, with herb garden, farm animals and a superb maze.

Vintage cars enthusiasts enjoy the Christchurch Motor Museum, Matchams.

Hurn Court has a varied and interesting history. Originally a house to the 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, it then became a school, and is now appartments. During the Second World War, Hurn Court became the headquarters of the Hampshire Red Cross, of which Dorothy, The Lady Malmesbury, was President.

Hurn once had its village store at a crossroads by the Manor House and its rhododendron forest. There is still a corner convenience store and much traffic passes through to the nearby ski-centre and Matchams Park. Another local shop supplies home-smoked chicken and ham.