Historic Periods in Hampshire History

Visit the different historic periods in Hampshire History from the Romans to the House of Windsor, find out what happened not just by dates but by phases of history, take a look at the juxtaposition of some of Hampshire’s events alongside what was happening nationally. These periods mirror the periods of our sister project Intriguing History.

  • Elizabethan Period
  • Tudor Period
  • York Period
  • Lancaster Period
  • Anglo Saxon
  • Roman Period

Choose the historic period that is of interest to you from the page menu, to go to the selection of posts and the evolving timeline for that historic period in Hampshire’s history. We aim to provide a growing and evolving  collection for each period together with relevant timelines, maps and images. Inevitably some periods are more ‘active’ than others but we will continue to seek out and add to our information but with the help of the related information on Intriguing History you will be able at least gain an overall impression of the highlights of each historic period.

Portchester Castle, find out more about the castle in different periods of it's history
Portchester Castle, find out more about the castle in different periods of its history

West Meon Surnames 1841

We all know of surnames that have been deeply rooted in villages for hundreds of years or so we think. Names that predominate in the C19th may not have been the same as those that were dominant in earlier centuries. Names that flourish in a village in the late C20th may be unheard of in…

Old Family Names of Hampshire

Explore the Old Family Names of Hampshire and their Historic Connections to the county, its Places and Events across the centuries Do you know if you family name originates in Hampshire in the UK? How far back does your family name go in Hampshire, is it several centuries or more? Do you know the origin…

Southwick Digest

Southwick Key Facts and Records Links and Connections to Hampshire’s History Southwick remains a charming village in south Hampshire protected by its private ownership as an estate that has survived so many changes over hundreds of years. Here we start to capture the intriguing facts links and connections to help you explore your Hampshire History…

COPP Memorial

COPP Memorial

The COPP Memorial at Hayling. The Combined Operations Pilotage Parties (COPP) memorial on Hayling Island is a reminder of how the bravery of a few people had such a huge impact on WWII. The Combined Operations Pilotage Parties were made up of members of all three services, the Royal Navy, the Royal Airforce and the…

Taskers  of Andover Ltd

Taskers of Andover Ltd

Taskers of Andover Ltd, Tasker & Co, Tasker & Sons the list goes on but the company is the same. In 1803, Robert Tasker, a twenty one year old blacksmith from Devizes, left his home to look for work and found a job with the blacksmith at Abbotts Ann. He was a hard working and…

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.

Ship Graffiti on Hayling Island

Ship Graffiti on Hayling Island

The chance find of two lovely examples of ship graffiti in St Mary’s church Hayling Island raises the question of why they were created and by whom. There is much interest at the present time in Medieval graffiti and this example on Hayling Island is one for the enthusiast.

St John Baptist Alabaster

St John Baptist Alabaster

The St John the Baptist alabaster altar piece in St Mary’s church Amport is a rare and beautiful Medieval object.

Nelson’s Last Walk

Nelson’s Last Walk

Nelson’s last walk on English took him through the streets of Portsmouth from his breakfast at the George Hotel to the awaiting barge and HMS Victory. People were moved to tears at the sight of their hero.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire is a wonderful reminder of a lost industrial past rooted deep in the Hampshire countryside. Its connections with the silk weavers of London reveal the extent and demand for fine silks.

Shepherd Lawes

Shepherd Lawes

Shepherd Lawes, buried in Martin Hampshire was the inspiration for the shepherd in W.H Hudson’s book, ‘A Shepherd’s Life’. Wriiten just before WWI it remembers the life and observations of a shepherd in the Wiltshire Hampshire Downs.

St Mary’s Church Tufton Hampshire

St Mary’s Church Tufton Hampshire

St Mary’s Church Tufton is a 12th century gem with just the hint that there might be earlier origins to some of the architecture. It has a large wall painting of St Christopher.

Mad Dick Norton

Mad Dick Norton

Mad Dick Norton was otherwise Richard Norton of Southwick estate, a landowner and politician whose eccentric behaviour resulted in a very unusual will and a substantial amount of controversy.

Hampshire Trade Tokens

Hampshire Trade Tokens

Hampshire trade tokens were issued in the C17th and C18th when there was little small coinage to be had in Britain. Which places in Hampshire issued them and what did they look like?

East Wellow Church

East Wellow Church

The 13th century, East Wellow church, St Margaret’s of Antioch, is the final resting place of the great lady Florence Nightingale. Not only that it also is home to some wonderful 13th century wall paintings.

Royal Forest of Woolmer

Royal Forest of Woolmer

The Royal Forest of Woolmer A little known area of Hampshire that was once a Medieval royal hunting forest. It lies near Liphook and the Sussex border and like all the hunting forests, would once have been a mainly open and treeless landscape. The open heath land would have been home to a herds of…

Medieval Shoes in Selborne

Medieval Shoes in Selborne

Medieval shoes never look very comfortable but they are brilliantly evocative of a time long past The Medieval shoe in discussion is the one with excessively long pointed toes. They are called ‘Poulaines’ meaning ‘shoes in the Polish fashion’ since they were thought to have been fashionable in Krakow in the 15th century. The Poulaine…

An Alresford Toilet and the Cold War

An Alresford Toilet and the Cold War

What is the connection between New Alresford in Hampshire and the Cold War? Well it might surprise you to know that one of the most unremarkable buildings in Hampshire a toilet block in New Alresford has a vital connection to the Cold War.

St Michael and All Angels Knights Enham

St Michael and All Angels Knights Enham

The church of St Michael and All Angels Knights Enham, is a 12th century gem in Hampshire, 800 years worth of history to mull over. Situated in a lane alongside a farm, it’s easy to imagine souls of hundreds of years entering its doors.

Medieval Graffiti at Wield

Medieval Graffiti at Wield

Searching for Medieval graffiti in the church of St James in Wield Hampshire, a lovely little fellow emerged from the soft chalk stone of the chancel arch. Could this inscription have been done over 600 years ago?

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