Records of Burley go back hundreds of years, however the village itself has changed dramatically in the last century.
Where the village centre used to be filled with small businesses, these have been gradually phased out in favour of gift shops and cafes to entice summer tourists.
The following postcards are from a collection of over two hundred images owned by Graham Tucker, an ex-fireman from Burley.
This is a prime example of changes in the type of business in Burley. Where the village used to be very self sufficient, with a garage in the village centre, the only remaining garage is being sold due to a lack of business.
The Queen’s Head is still a popular pub with locals and tourists alike, however most who live in the village will never have seen this amount of people in this spot, mostly because it is now the main road out of Burley to Brockenhurst.
A shop that used to sell electronics is now a bike hire shop, more popular with summer tourists than the locals who live in the village year round. A bike shop on the right is now a gift shop.
The car in this shot is parked outside what used to be a toy factory. Now these are houses, however the pub at the end of the road is now the Walthen Bartlett.
A baker and grocery shop are now a gift shop and estate agents – the current grocers is soon to close due to a lack of business.
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