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…

Hampshire’s Greatest Nobleman? Thomas Wriothesley

Hampshire’s Greatest Nobleman? Thomas Wriothesley

Sir Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton (Hampshire) , was quite possibly one of Hampshire’s most noble and influential lords. He amassed a fortune in lands and property in the county. His family would thrive upon his fortunes. Whilst his name and title has disappeared how is is his life connected to the county of Hampshire.

King Alfred’s Navy

King Alfred’s Navy

King Alfred left many enduring marks on the county of Hampshire and England. One of his legacies is that of a navy. He designed ships to out do the Danish ships that threatened the southern coast of England.

King Sigebert – The Usurper

King Sigebert – The Usurper

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Anglo Saxon Hampshire

Sigebert ruled for one year, as King of Wessex, before losing his position on account of ‘wrong doings’. The importance to Hampshire history of this event is that its record in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle is the first time Hampshire is recorded as a separate entity.

Vikings Move Against Wessex

Vikings Move Against Wessex

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Anglo Saxon Hampshire

Alfred held out against the Viking invasion and showed great skills in organizing his militia, so that when the opportunity to crush the Danish attack, he did so, decisively and coherently at the Battle of Edington

King Edward the Confessor grants Hides at Micheldever to New Minster 900

example of the King granting via Royal Charter land to the Church at Micheldever in the 10th Century with link to the original Old English

The Great Yew of Selborne

The Great Yew of Selborne

Great yews proliferate in the churchyards of Hampshire, one such example could be found at Selborne until it was brought crashing down in a storm in 1990

Sir Adam de Gurdon

Sir Adam de Gurdon

Sir Adam de Gurdon, one time knight and land owner in Hampshire became a notorious highwayman after losing his estates because of his support for Simon de Montfort in the Second Barons War

Hyde Abbey

Hyde Abbey

The final burial place of King Alfred the Great, Hyde Abbey in Winchester is as simple as Alfred’s life was great. Little is left of the once great Abbey and its buildings now quietly nestling in a residential area

The ‘Bloody Heath’ and Cerdic

The ‘Bloody Heath’ and Cerdic

Charford in Hampshire is thought to have been the scene of a bloody battle that resulted in Cerdic and his son Cynric becoming the first kings of the Kingdom of Wessex.

Old Winchester Hill

Old Winchester Hill

Old Winchester Hill is one of Hampshire’s most ancient historical sites, situated on a chalk ridge spur

Earl Godwin of Wessex

Earl Godwin of Wessex

Earl Godwine of Wessex was one of the most powerful men in England before the Norman Conquest, the father of 5 Earls, father to the Queen of England and father-in-law to the King. Father to King Harold II. Quite an achievement for a man who died before he was sixty years old

Hambledon Cricket

Hambledon Cricket

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Cricket and Hampshire

The Hambledon Cricket Club, the inspiration for English cricket.

Warblington Castle

Warblington Castle

Although little is left of Warblington Castle, on the southern coast of Hampshire, it was home to several notable families whose role in the history of England, was of extreme importance.

Southampton 1337 The 100 Years War

Southampton 1337 The 100 Years War

The fortunes of C14th Southampton waxed and waned as the 100 year war between England and France unfurled

Dipnol Dipnall Dipnell Family Name of Hampshire

Dipnalls from whence do they hail? Where does the name originate from and does it have place and family history significance that is relevant and prevalent in Hampshire, here is a quick introduction, find out how to find more information and how we are looking to find out names that are local and significant in Hampshire Family History, as far back as we can trace…

Wolvesey Palace 1130 – 1140

Wolvesey Palace 1130 – 1140

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

Henry de Blois, probably the most outstanding bishop England ever had, built for himself one of the most outstanding palaces in England, Wolvesey Palace in Winchester.

Fort Cumberland Bombed 1940

Fort Cumberland Bombed 1940

Fort Cumberland has stood sentinel at the entrance to Langstone Harbour for 150 years but in 1940 it was heavily bombed. A fascinating map showing the exact location of the dropped bombs shows the extent of the German attack on this fortification.

Henry Portal 1690 – 1747 Paper Maker

Henry Portal 1690 – 1747 Paper Maker

Henry de Portal, Huguenot turned entrepreneur, supplier of paper to the bank of England

Shrine of St Swithun

Shrine of St Swithun

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Winchester Cathedral

The shrine of St Swithun was one of the major pilgrimage sites in Medieval England

Desmaretz Map Portsmouth 1744

Desmaretz Map Portsmouth 1744

Demaretz was an engineer and map maker who spent most of his career fortifying the south east coast of England