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…

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 its 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.

Michelmersh Font

Michelmersh Font

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Lower Test Valley Fonts

Michelmersh font in the church of St Mary’s in Hampshire, is a wonderfully carved Purbeck stone font but what are the gender of the faces staring down?

The Great Plane Tree of Mottisfont

The Great Plane Tree of Mottisfont

The great Plane tree of Mottisfont is a fantastic specimen of the tree we all know and love in London parks but the one in Hampshire is stunning and reputedly the oldest in the British Isles.

William Wyllie Maritime Artist

William Wyllie Maritime Artist

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Hampshire People

William Wyllie was one of Britain’s greatest maritime artists and for a while. lived in the Tower House in Old Portsmouth, the harbour unfolding before him.

Poignant Headstone at Ashley

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Poignant Headstones

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Poignant HeadstonesA poignant headstone is set into the outside wall of the church of St Mary’s Ashley Hampshire The church of St Mary at Ashley in Hampshire is cared for by the Church Conservation Trust and has a beautifully simple interior, so quiet and peaceful….

Interesting Hampshire Headstones and Memorials

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Poignant Headstones

An exploration of Hampshire history has to include a look at some of its fascinating, poignant and thought provoking headstones and memorials. Discover more about Hampshire history through these touching memorials.

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.

Hythe Pier Railway

Hythe Pier Railway

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Hampshire Transport History

Hythe Pier in Hampshire is home to the worlds oldest continuously running pier railway. It reaches out into Southampton Water to connect with the ferry. A ferry has been making the crossing here for well over five hundred years.

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 timeĀ in 164 years. Not being a sailor the chart is full of mysteries for me. The…

William Nicholson Gin and Lords Cricket

William Nicholson Gin and Lords Cricket

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Cricket and Hampshire

William Nicholson gin and Lords cricket ground, what do they all have to do with the history of the county of Hampshire? Well cricket and Hampshire fit hand in glove but what about a London gin distillery? Read to find out more about this fascinating history.

Bramdean Church in the Woods

Bramdean Church in the Woods

Bramdean church in the woods is a corrugated iron clad church, built in 1873 for the families of travellers to use, who occupied Bramdean common. It was a flat pack construction that took just five days to erect.

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 its manor house for company. The ownership of the manor itself touches on key families in Medieval England.

Odiham and the Vernacular Magna Carta

Odiham and the Vernacular Magna Carta

The vernacular Magna Carta was produced at Odiham Castle in Hampshire within two weeks of the original document being sealed. A writ was attached and the charter then sent out across England.

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 its role and experience of the run-up to D-Day.

King Henry V Bishop’s Waltham and Agincourt

King Henry V Bishop’s Waltham and Agincourt

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Agincourt and Hampshire

Bishop’s Waltham Palace was the setting for King Henry V’s last night in England before setting sail from Southampton to engage the French in battle at Agincourt.

The Story of William Johnson Powder Monkey

The Story of William Johnson Powder Monkey

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Hampshire Navy

The story of William Johnson, a powder monkey who became an able seaman and who served his country. He died in a workhouse but gave his early years to the Royal Navy and was remembered by them.