Q – A-Z of Commoning and the New Forest

The Queen’s House

Queens House, LyndhurstThe Queen’s House in Lyndhurst used to be a royal residence, and is now the New Forest headquarters of the Forestry Commision, and the home of the Verderers (see V). There has been a royal house on the site since the 13th century. The Queen’s House was built over 300 years ago in the reign of Charles 1st, when it would have been known as The King’s House.

The ‘Atlas of Forest Rights’ is held at The Queen’s House. The atlas has detailed maps of the Forest, showing where commoning rights are attached to land. You can inspect the atlas at The Queen’s House, but you have to book an appointment and pay a fee.