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…

Saxon Font at Boarhunt?

Saxon Font at Boarhunt?

The ancient church of St Nicholas Boarhunt has a magnificent tub font probably dating from the same period.

Yew Trees Warblington Church Yard

Yew Trees Warblington Church Yard

The yew tree in Warblington church yard is an ancient as the church itself.

Meonstoke Font

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

St Mary’s Church Kingsclere

St Mary’s Church Kingsclere

The magnificent church of St Mary’s Kingsclere, sits incongruously at the heart of the small village but once represented a community full of royal and ecclesiastical importance.

St Stephen’s Church Up Nately

St Stephen’s Church Up Nately

St Stephen’s church Up Nately, with its pretty brick tower has its origins in the C12th.

The Royal Pier Southampton

The Royal Pier Southampton

The Royal Pier at Southampton gave access to the ships that the travel hungry Victorians expected. Its wooden structure however meant it was far from an ideal or practical piece of engineering.

The Hayling Ferry 1922

The Hayling Ferry 1922

The Hayling Ferry Hampshire 1922 an old postcard image

The Highclere Grampus

The Highclere Grampus

The Hampshire folktale of the Grampus of Highclere is surely one of the most peculiar folk stories in Hampshire. A creature that lives in a yew tree?

Foxglove Fairies in Froxfield

Foxglove Fairies in Froxfield

Hampshire folklore is full of stories concerning the plants and animals of the county and one such piece of folklore surrounds the lovely foxglove, seen in the lanes of various parts of Hampshire.

St Swithun a Humble Man

St Swithun a Humble Man

15th July is St Swithun’s day, if it rains today folklore has it that it will rain for forty days and forty nights. An intriguing piece of Hampshire History

The Chilbolton Wafers

The Chilbolton Wafers

The Chilbolton wafers have been made and distributed to the congregation of St Mary the Less Chilbolton, on Mothering Sunday, for generations.

Reginald Ponsonby Cox WWI Itchen Stoke

Reginald Ponsonby Cox WWI Itchen Stoke

The church at Itchen Stoke holds a very beautiful memorial plaque to Reginald Ponsonby Cox who lost his life in WWI

Bonham Carter WWI Memorial

Bonham Carter WWI Memorial

In remembrance of those who gave their lives in WWI, Hampshire History will be posting images of WWI memorials and associated artefacts and events,discovered as we travel through Hampshire.

Shick – Shack Day

Shick – Shack Day

Part of Hampshire folklore is the celebration of Shick-Shack day on the 29th May. Not many oak leaves are observed adorning the hats of folk these days though.

Deadman’s Plack Longstock

Deadman’s Plack Longstock

Deadman’s Plack, Longparish Hampshire, a monument to a deed supposedly committed nearly a thousand years ago, fact or fiction?

St Peter’s Church Ropley

The beautiful old church of St Peter’s Ropley, sits at the heart of the village but today was sadly destroyed by fire.

Guy Burgess and West Meon

Guy Burgess and West Meon

The remains of Guy Burgess, the Englishman who turned his back on his own country during the Cold War to become a Soviet spy, lie in Hampshire, in West Meon church yard by the grave of his father.

Emsworth Oyster Fleet

Emsworth Oyster Fleet

The Emsworth oyster industry used to supply a 100,000 oysters a week to the London market but the contamination of the bivalve with typhoid and other enteric diseases sent the industry into a spin from which it never recovered.

King John’s House Romsey

King John’s House Romsey

King John’s House and the late Tudor extension, form a wonderful collection of Medieval buildings in the heart of Romsey in Hampshire

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…