Lymington /ˈlɪmɨŋtən/ is a port town on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent, in the New Forest district of Hampshire, England. It is to the east of the South East Dorset conurbation, and faces Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight which is connected to it by a car ferry, operated by Wightlink. The town has a large tourist industry, based on proximity to the New Forest and the harbour. It is a major yachting centre with three marinas. According to the 2011 census the Lymington urban area had a population of 15,407. If you were to also include the nearby parish of Boldre which includes Walhampton, normally considered part of Lymington, then the population in 2011 was 17,410
In the early 19th century, Lymington had a highly successful shipbuilding industry. One ship called the Alarm, built by Thomas Inman, famously raced the American yacht, America, in 1851. Lymington is also well known for its smuggling history. There have been unproven stories and tales that under High Street there are smugglers’ tunnels that run from the old inns to the town quay. Yet no one has been able to prove these stories thus far.
There are six streets in the Lymington area that contain properties worth an average of over £1,000,000, making them the most expensive places to live in SO41. They are Sowley Lane, Snooks Lane, Shirley Holms Road, Lisle Court Road, Monument Laneand Rope Hill. There are a total of 30 streets with average prices of over £750,000 which just shows what a wealthy area this is. Meanwhile there is only one street that claims an average of under £100,000 and it is Union Place. Most of the properties on this street are flats and some even go for as little at £60,000.
The primary schools in Lymington include Hordle CofE Primary School and TipToe Primary School. The secondary school is Priestlands School.
A new hospital was opened in 2007 called Lymington New Forest Hospital. The shopping facilities have grown significantly over the past few years thanks to an influx of tourists and sailing enthusiasts. There has been an increase in the number of chain stores and coffee shop franchises. On Saturdays a popular local market takes place on High Street
SO41 (Lymington) Average current values (2015)