Tudor Period

Tudor Period in Hampshire’s History

The Tudor Period, from 1485-1603 left it’s mark on Hampshire, as it did in so many other parts of England, in the dissolution of it’s monasteries. The Reformation brought huge change. New landlords, important Hampshire families who became new men of the Reformation such as the Wriothesleys and Paulets benefited hugely from the gifts of dissolution. The old religion remained quite strong in Hampshire and it’s recusant families such as the Shelleys of Buriton and the Cottons of Warblington, some of the Tichbornes and Paulets came through the period fairly unscathed. On the flip side, the Marian persecutions in the reign of Mary, had little effect on Hampshire either.

 

Tudor Period
Wriothesley Memorial Titchfield

The fortunes of Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester waxed and waned during the Tudor period

Portsmouth was established as a naval dockyard after King Henry VII built a dry dock there but Southampton’s position as a mercantile trading port declined with the decline in foreign merchant ships. King Henry VIII built his famous south coast fortifications and from Southsea watched his ship, the Mary Rose sink.

Tudor Period
Tudor Rose on the Mary Rose Canon

So join us as we sample Hampshire life under the Tudors, there’s plenty of intriguing connections to explore.

Tudor Period
Unusual Tudor window St Nicholas Brockenhurst

 

Hampshire Trade Tokens

Hampshire Trade Tokens

Hampshire trade tokens were issued in the C17th and C18th when there was little small coinage to be had in Britain. Which places in Hampshire issued them and what did they look like?

Medieval Shoes in Selborne

Medieval Shoes in Selborne

Medieval shoes never look very comfortable but they are brilliantly evocative of a time long past The Medieval shoe in discussion is the one with excessively long pointed toes. They are called ‘Poulaines’ meaning ‘shoes in the Polish fashion’ since they were thought to have been fashionable in Krakow in the 15th century. The Poulaine…

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.

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.

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?

Elvetham Hall

Elvetham Hall

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hampshire Architecture

Elvetham Hall history is fascinatingly linked to the Seymour family and the Tudor royal family. The original house burnt down in the mid 19th century and a mighty Victorian Gothic mansion stands to replace it.

Bishop Fox of Winchester 1501

Bishop Fox of Winchester 1501

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Winchester Cathedral

Bishop Fox is a man little discussed when it comes to the Tudors but he was a great statesman and ultimately Bishop of Winchester in 1501, serving under the two great Tudor monarchs King Henry VII and King Henry VIII.

Margaret Beauchamp

Margaret Beauchamp

Margaret Beauchamp, who became Margaret Beaufort, was grandmother to King Henry VII and two hundred years after her death is remembered in a Hampshire church in Farley Chamberlayne.

The Tichborne Family Chapel

The Tichborne Family Chapel

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Itchen Valley Churches

The Tichborne family chapel in the church of St Andrew’s Tichborne is a rare survivor of a Roman Catholic in a pre-reformation church. It has a very different look to the rest of the church.

HH Project Update on 16th Century Hampshire Wills

HH Project Update on 16th Century Hampshire Wills

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Digital Projects

Hampshire History’s Tudor Wills data project first stages an introduction and links to the data for family social and local history.