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…

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Vincent van Gogh in Owslebury

Vincent van Gogh in Owslebury

The connection between Vincent Van Gogh and Oswelbury Hampshire

English Civil War Cheriton

The Battle of Cheriton in the English Civil War gave the Parliamentarians the victory they needed to strengthen their resolution to defeat King Charles

The Black Death in Hampshire

The Black Death in Hampshire

The Black Death of the C14th entered the country through one of the southern coasts ports in Hampshire or Dorset and ravaged the county both economically and socially

The Shaftsbury Bowl

The Shaftsbury Bowl

The Shaftsbury Bowl, the only complete piece of late Saxon glass in England, can be found in Winchester Cathedral museum

Saint Swithun

Saint Swithun

St Swithun was created a saint 108 years after his death. His shrine became one of the most important places of pilgrimage in England but who was this man whom we remember because of the association between his Saints day, 15th July and the Summer weather?

Cynegils King of Wessex AD 611

Cynegils King of Wessex AD 611

King Cynegils met with the Italian missionary Birinus and converted to Christianity. He brought a weakened and warring Wessex out of obscurity.

Saxon Sundials

Saxon Sundials

Possibly the best preserved Saxon Tide Dial in England, the Corhampton dial shows the eight ‘tides’ of the day

Malaria in Anglo Saxon Hampshire

Malaria in Anglo Saxon Hampshire

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Anglo Saxon Hampshire

Malaria was endemic in Southern Anglo Saxon England and brought misery and death to those living in the extensive marshlands. Bald’s leech book and other writings allude to this ‘spring’ or ‘yellow’ fever.

Antarctic Expeditions and the Hampshire Connection

Antarctic Expeditions and the Hampshire Connection

Hampshire had strong connections with the heroic expeditions to the Antarctic in the early C20th with William Lashley, one of the most stoical and steady hands of the Terra Nova expedition from the village of Hambledon

Edward Burne-Jones and Winchester Cathedral

Edward Burne-Jones and Winchester Cathedral

The Pre Raphelite artist Edward Burne-Jones designed four beautiful windows for Winchester Cathedral, showing the life of the Virgin Mary

Death of Jane Austen 1817

Death of Jane Austen 1817

The death of Jane Austen in 1817 is still a puzzle but her gravestone in Winchester Cathedral is testament to her nature and nowhere does it speak of her being an author, just a much loved daughter and sister

St Wilfred in Hampshire

St Wilfred in Hampshire

St Wilfred came to Hampshire to convert the heathen tribes of the Meonwara to Christianity

East Meon and the Bishops of Winchester

East Meon and the Bishops of Winchester

The history of East Meon is closely connected with the Bishops of Winchester, whose influence in this ancient manor date back to pre- Norman times.

Charles Dickens in Portsmouth

Charles Dickens in Portsmouth

John Dickens brought his family to Portsmouth where he worked in the Dockyard for the Navy Pay Office. Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812.

Royal Garrison Church Portsmouth

Royal Garrison Church Portsmouth

The Royal Garrison Church in Portsmouth is the oldest garrison church in the world but it started life as the ‘Domus Dei’, a place of respite for those on pilgrimage and a hospital for the local old and needy.

Murder of Duke of Buckingham

Murder of Duke of Buckingham

The Duke of Buckingham was murdered in Portsmouth on a fine Summer’s morning in 1628

Early Saxon Hampshire

Early Saxon Hampshire

The early Saxons in Wessex shunned the Roman towns and religion preferring to settle with their own customs and pagan acts of worship. As Christianity re-emerged, the force of Royalty and Church, with Winchester as their seat, made its slow spread across Hampshire inevitable.

St John’s House Warnford c1209

St John’s House Warnford c1209

This is a rare example of a C13th manor hall in England. Built in 1209 in Warnford in Hampshire