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…

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.

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 1 in the series Poignant Headstones

This entry is part 1 of 1 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….

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 it’s 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 it’s 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 Hampshire Rose

The Hampshire Rose

The Hampshire Rose is one of the best known of England’s county badges, it’s strong red colour used in many guises in the county but what are it’s origins?

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.

Nelson’s Monument

Nelson’s Monument

Nelson’s Monument resting on the top of Portsdown Hill in Hampshire, soars away into the sky, with the bust of Nelson casting a keen eye, out across the waters of the Solent.

The Hampshire Chronicle estb 1772

The Hampshire Chronicle estb 1772

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

The Hampshire Chronicle was established in 1772 and is Hampshire’s oldest newspaper, printed and published in Hampshire and still going strong, operating out of it’s Winchester base.

Dr Keate of Eton College

Dr Keate of Eton College

Dr Keate of Eton College, the great flogging headmaster from 1809 to 1834, was rector of St Mary’s church Hartley Wespall and is buried inside.