Historic Periods in Hampshire History

Historic Periods in Hampshire History from the Romans to the House of Windsor, what happened where not just by dates but by phases of history, generally related to particular houses or great royal families and the period of time for which a particular house held the British Monarchy. These periods mirror the periods of our sister project Intriguing History’s Period of History.

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

Choose your Historic Period from Menu

Choose the Historic Period of interest to you from the on page menu, to go to a selection of posts and an 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 for some periods more happens in Hampshire for instance the Anglo Saxon Period and for some less is known of what happens specifically in the are of Hants, for instance during the House of Lancaster and York. 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.

Historic Period Highlights of recent Hampshire Articles

Browse this selection of images for a brief overview of recent articles featured within the varying historic periods in Hampshire. When you point and click on an image or caption you will be taken to the related article.

 

Pinned Historic Period Articles and Excerpts to choose from, browse and click below

Browse a wider selection of articles with title images and excerpts to help you make your choice, and watch for our emerging timelines within each period of Hampshire’s History.

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 it’s history
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

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Hampshire church wall paintings

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

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Andover Area Churches

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 it’s 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?

Bird’s Eye View Titchfield Abbey

Bird’s Eye View Titchfield Abbey

A birds eye view of Titchfield Abbey in Hampshire by Ian Gray Builders Ltd. A piece of Hampshire history from a different perspective.

Sequah the Portsmouth Quack Doctor

Sequah the Portsmouth Quack Doctor

Sequah the quack doctor began his business in Portsmouth in 1887, it became an overnight sensation, a performance likened to a medical circus coming to town. A picture of it turning up in Basingstoke.

St Mary’s Church Upton Grey

St Mary’s Church Upton Grey

Perched above the road on a hill slope is St Mary’s church Upton Grey At the bottom of the hill is the village pond and clustered around it are lovely cottages and houses, spanning all periods, twenty seven of them listed. Upton Grey is a beautiful village in north east Hampshire, with a history that…

The Spanish Armada and Stockbridge

The Spanish Armada and Stockbridge

The Spanish Armada in 1588 left it’s mark in the church of old St Peter’s in Stockbridge in Hampshire, an intriguing snippet of history to ponder upon.

Blackmoor Church

Blackmoor Church

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Selborne Area Churches

Blackmoor Church in Hampshire named St Matthew’s, was designed by one of the greatest Victorian architects, Alfred Waterhouse. These images show the beauty of his stained glass.

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