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Portuguese Fireplace in the New Forest: WWI Memorial to Portuguese Labourers

Located close to the major ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, the New Forest not surprisingly saw a large military presence and a great deal of change during World War I. There is very little physical evidence left of that time in the forest’s history. Nature has now reclaimed much of it. A few remnants remain. One of these is a lone fireplace, in a clearing in the forest surrounded by trees, ferns and horses. The Portuguese Fireplace, as it is known, stands as a memorial to the Portuguese who helped with the allied war effort during World War I.

The New Forest During World War I

New Forest Timber During World War I

The Portuguese Fireplace

Visiting the Portuguese Fireplace

There is free parking at Millyford Bridge, a car park off the narrow road between Emery Down and the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary. It is only a short walk to the fireplace.


There are no facilities at the site. In the nearby village of Emery Down there is a traditional 18th century pub, The New Forest Inn. Emery is about a four minute drive or thirty minute walk away. A bit further is the town of Lyndhurst, which has plenty of shops and other facilities. 

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Sarah Nash

Sarah has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Archaeology. Besides an interest in archaeology and history, Sarah is also a travel obsessed bookworm. Given her aim to get her children to be equally interested in history and travel, Sarah started our History with Kids series of articles. Sarah has also written about places and museums to visit in Salisbury and London.

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