By Tim Lambert

Medieval Lymington

6th Century AD The Saxons found a village at Lymington

689 The name Lymington is first recorded

c. 1190-1200 Lymington is made a town by William de Redvers. The new town soon becomes famous for making salt from seawater. Lymington is also a busy little port.

1315 Lymington is given two annual fairs

1338 The French burn Lymington

1346 Lymington is made to provide the king with 9 ships for his war

1370 The French burn Lymington again

1412 Lymington has a mayor

Renaissance Lymington

1545 The French burn Lymington again

1700 Lymington has a boatbuilding industry - and many smugglers

1738 A Poor House is built in Lymington

1764 The first Freemasons Lodge was formed in Lymington

1771 The first theatre is built in Lymington

19th Century Lymington

1801 Lymington has a population of 2,378

1832 Lymington gains gas street light

1836 A police force is formed in Lymington

1858 The railway reaches Lymington

1865 The salt making industry in Lymington ends

1889 A fire brigade is formed in Lymington

20th Century Lymington

1901 The population of Lymington is 4,165

1912 A cinema opens in Lymington

1916 A flood affects Lymington

1932 Slum clearance begins in Lymington

1965 Lymington is given a new coat of arms

1989 Another flood affects Lymington

1999 St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery opens

2007 Lymington New Forest Hospital opens

A history of Lymington

A timeline of Southampton history

A timeline of Christchurch history

A timeline of Bournemouth history