Norman Period

Norman PeriodĀ in Hampshire’s History

Hampshire bristles with England’s Norman heritage.

It seems as if the Normans were intent on stamping their authority on community after community. TheĀ Norman Period in Hampshire’s history 1066 to 1154 builds upon our early Roman and Anglo Saxon roots.

As part of this collection we will be identifying Norman sites within Hampshire, exploring what we can find out about the activities of the Normans and seeking out interesting resources.

The Norman Period gave us some stunning architecture

Many fortifications that survive today have elements that date back to the Norman Conquest, an example being Portchester Castle, which is one of the best preserved forts that dates back as far as the Romans. The magnificence of St Cross church Winchester and the splendid decorative church carving from one end of the county to the other.

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St Cross Winchester

To get an overall perspective on the key dates and chronological order of events in Norman Britain see our Norman period page on Intriguing History here

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Norman Arch Petersfield
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.

St Leonard’s Church Hartley Mauditt

St Leonard’s Church Hartley Mauditt

St Leonards church in Hartley Mauditt Hampshire, sits in splendid isolation, it doesn’t even have it’s manor house for company. The ownership of the manor itself touches on key families in Medieval England.

Norman Churches

Norman Churches

Hampshire is blessed with magnificent Norman churches whose wide arches are beautifully decorated with all manner of carving and whose fonts are square and strong.

Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle is breathtakingly beautiful, sitting on the northern shore of Portsmouth Harbour. It’s Roman walls and bastions are as imposing today as they must have appeared seventeen hundred years ago.

Site of William the Conqueror’s Palace

Site of William the Conqueror’s Palace

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Winchester Historical Landmarks

Stroll up a tiny alley way in Winchester to see a vestige of what once was the site of William the Conqueror’s palace and a little way along the church of St Lawrence where his chapel once stood.

St Simon and St Jude Bramdean

St Simon and St Jude Bramdean

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

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Itchen Valley ChurchesIn the ‘valley where the broom grows’, well actually not in the valley but sitting high above it, is the church of St Simon and St Jude Bramdean. You do not glimpse it from the road but this C12th church gazes down on…

Meonstoke Font

The font at St Andrew’s church Meonstoke, is a simple C12th example with a beautiful lead lining.

Beautiful Brockenhurst Church

Beautiful Brockenhurst Church

The oldest church in the New Forest, Brockenhurst church, the church of St Nicholas, has a beautifully mellow look, as though it has occupied this position for ever. And it nearly has. Like several other Hampshire churches, St Nicholas is positioned on a mound, a sign that this position has been held sacred maybe since…

St Dionisius’s Priory Southampton

St Dionisius’s Priory Southampton

A old 1784 image of St Dionisius’s Priory Southampton Hampshire, founded by King Henry I in the 1120’s.

All Saints Church Little Somborne

All Saints Church Little Somborne

All Saints Church Little Somborne is an Anglo Saxon church that sits close to Somborne Park in Hampshire and has remained largely untouched for seven hundred years. It is a looked after by the Church Conservation Trust.