The Forester's Arms, Frogham
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Frogham is a small village in the New Forest National Park of Hampshire. It is in the Parish of Hyde. Its nearest town is Fordingbridge, which stands two miles north-west of the village. Close by are the borders of both Dorset and Wiltshire.
This is a small village, though the largest settlement in the parish of Hyde after Hyde itself. Frogham is at a crossroads leading to the nearby settlements of Hyde, Blissford, and Stuckton, on a plateau over-looking the heathland of the New Forest to the east.
Frogham has a small congregational church, and a pub, known as The Foresters Arms. Hyde Memorial Hall is also located in Frogham.
The earliest records which mention Frogham date from the beginning of the 14th century.
There are many legends which identify the Frogham area as being a centre for smuggling in the 18th century. The chapel in Frogham was originally a non-conformist school for 70 pupils; it was also registered for worship, and the current building dates from 1910. Many of the houses in the village were built in the 1950s and 1960s.
Frogham is the location of the annual Frogham Fair – a traditional village fête which takes place on the afternoon of the last Saturday of in July in the fields near Frogham crossroads, next to The Forester's Arms.
Established over 50 years ago and organised by local volunteers, the fair raises money for the Memorial Hall and a number of local charities. A highlight of the fair is the wheelbarrow race up the exceptionally steep Blissford Hill. There are also terrier races, children's games, art and craft stalls, a bar, food, classic cars and live music.
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