Hampshire History Blog

Hampshire History Blog

Hampshire History Blog is about the Hampshire History team out and  about visiting Hampshire’s historic sites, enjoying arts cultural and heritage  in the county and sharing discoveries along the way. We thought it might be interesting to share a few views and experiences as we evolve the Hampshire History project. Some of the things that catch our eye are cultural and to do with the present. We see many everyday things that are not ‘historically’ significant but are part of history nevertheless and need to be included. Some ordinary things are lost from the history record but we thought we might be able to capture them in a Hampshire History blog.

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Portchester Castle Document full of intriguing information

 

The project is designed to make our Hampshire history more accessible to everyone, whether you are just visiting our beautiful county of Hampshire or you’ve spent a lifetime in Hampshire as we have. The main articles on the site are about the specific historical places, people, period and events that transpired over a 1000 years of our Hampshire history. In the blog we will be looking at different aspects of the history of Hampshire as we experience it ourselves. It might just be a little quiet thought on the side or an interesting photo, book review or visit. Sometimes it’s just nice to capture the moment.

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Capturing a cow moment in Hampshire

Starting in March 2015, we have a number of improvements and some new approaches we are rolling-out this year and there is no time like the present to start the ball rolling.  The blog will be very visual, sometimes it might just be a single picture or a quote, or a news snippet. If you have events, content to share and would like to do a guest post, please just contact us.

Ashford Hanger and William Cobbett

Ashford Hanger and William Cobbett

The landscape of Ashford Hanger is little changed since William Cobbett wrote about it in his book ‘Rural Rides’. The shape of the land is as memorable now as it was then when Cobbett traversed its heights in 1822.

Hamble Le Rice

Hamble Le Rice

Hamble Le Rice is bursting with history and delightful scenery. The settlement on the River Hamble estuary is ancient and intriguing and perfect for exploration.

1950’s Racing Chart of the Solent

1950’s Racing Chart of the Solent

1950’s Racing Chart of the Solent A chance find in a charity shop today turned up a racing chart of Solent and Spithead, how appropriate on the first day of the ‘America’s Cup’ hosted in Portsmouth for the first time in 164 years. Not being a sailor the chart is full of mysteries for me. The…

D-Day from Liphook to Southwick and Southampton WW2

D-Day from Liphook to Southwick and Southampton WW2

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Hampshire was full of troops equipment and there was a sense of a huge buildup, the population had been drilled on security but speculation was growing something ‘BIG’ was going to happen. What was it like for the residents of Hampshire as finally these massive resources and numbers of troops mobilised for the big push? Something “BIG” was going to happen but when? One of a series of posts marking Hampshire and it’s role and experience of the run-up to D-Day.

The Hampshire Rose

The Hampshire Rose

The Hampshire Rose is one of the best known of England’s county badges, it’s strong red colour used in many guises in the county but what are it’s origins?

History of the New Forest

History of the New Forest

The history of the New Forest National Park, is evident in the landscape, in the villages and towns and on the coast of this unique part of Britain.

Hampshire Churches Stained Glass

Hampshire Churches Stained Glass

Hampshire Churches Stained Glass Stained and painted glass has filled the the windows of our parish churches and great cathedrals for over a thousand years. There are so many beautiful stained glass windows in Hampshire churches that on our history foraging expeditions we make sure to capture as many images of them as possible. These…

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