Elizabethan Period

Elizabethan Period in Hampshire’s History

The Tudor Period encompasses the extraordinary Elizabethan Age when Queen Elizabeth I kept faith, in true Tudor tradition, to the ideals of being a supreme monarch and to the state of monarchy. She was determined to keep these ideals at the forefront of her subjects minds and hearts.

In pursuit of this she went on Royal Progresses throughout her kingdom. Hampshire was home to one of her important advisers, William Paulet, whose residence at Basing afforded her great comfort. In August 1569, Paulet entertained the monarch for a final time on her progress.

Hampshire with it’s south facing coastline was as important in Elizabethan times for Queen Elizabeth as it had been for her father King Henry. Explore more of Elizabethan period in Hampshire’s history with us as we investigate life in 1559 – 1603.

I will be as good unto you as ever a queen was unto her people

Queen Elizabeth I on the eve of her coronation 1559

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.

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.

Elvetham Hall

Elvetham Hall

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hampshire Architecture

Elvetham Hall history is fascinatingly linked to the Seymour family and the Tudor royal family. The original house burnt down in the mid 19th century and a mighty Victorian Gothic mansion stands to replace it.

The Tichborne Family Chapel

The Tichborne Family Chapel

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Itchen Valley Churches

The Tichborne family chapel in the church of St Andrew’s Tichborne is a rare survivor of a Roman Catholic in a pre-reformation church. It has a very different look to the rest of the church.

HH Project Update on 16th Century Hampshire Wills

HH Project Update on 16th Century Hampshire Wills

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Digital Projects

Hampshire History’s Tudor Wills data project first stages an introduction and links to the data for family social and local history.

Paulet Family in Hampshire

Paulet Family in Hampshire

The Paulet family are an ancient and important family in Hampshire and also played an important role in the history of England. Memorials to the Paulet family and it’s variant spellings abound in churches around the county.

Netley Castle

Netley Castle

Netley Castle faces out across Southampton Water, it’s back turned on nearby Netley Abbey and looking out for signs of a possible French invasion Netley Castle started life as the gatehouse to the Cistercian Netley Abbey. The early grounds of the abbey spilled outside of it’s present day boundaries and road, down to the shore…

Bishop Walter Curle of Winchester

Bishop Curle of Winchester fled Cromwell’s army in a cart of horse manure, leaving his Bishop’s palace at Bishops Waltham heading for the small village of Soberton in Hampshire, where he is buried in the church of St Peter there.

The Roanoke Voyages and Portsmouth 1587

The Roanoke Voyages and Portsmouth 1587

In 1587 a ship left the Portsmouth bound for the New World. They would be the amongst the first colonists of Roanoke Island, the ‘lost colony’.