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Titchfield Abbey Gifted by Henry VIII to the Wriothesleys Earls of Southampton

Welcome to Hampshire History

Welcome to Hampshire History. 

It's great to see so many people out and about enjoying the Hampshire countryside as we find new ways of enjoying life in 2020. History is under our feet at every turn. The chalk landscape of downland Hampshire has been home to communities for thousands of years. Hill forts abound and at this time of year are full of flower and insects.

Old Winchester Hill

I have always loved the detail, the small things and I am drawn back to the 'lead piping', to what I believe to be a Tudor relic in Winchester #hampshirehistory #winchester #hampshire #tudor ...

Love this twin headstone of husband and wife Lock in Priors Dean Hampshire. Rather frustrating, I haven't been able to find out anything about this couple 🤔 #gravestones #hampshire #lockfamily #familyhistory ...

Ancient tracks and hedgerows. One of our favourite fields has given up it's crop and gets ready to receive another. The path is well trodden, compacted chalk and flint and gently scooped, you know many feet have passed this way #hiddenpaths #walkingthedog #hampshirehistory #hampshire #trackways #chalkpaths ...

Hampshire chalk paths. Our feet follow the white lines in early morning light #hampshirehistory #hampshire #chalkpaths #southdowns #paths ...

A fine morning atop Old Winchester Hill, the most stunning Iron Age Hill Fort. Visit now to see the beautiful display of chalk land flowers #hampshirehistory #southdowns #chalklands #hillforts ...

So there! #hampshirehistory #countryliving #hampshire ...

The rain brings out the slugs and this large black slug showed his true colours. Not so much black but orange red and brown. He is a very welcome slug in the garden feeding on rotten vegetation and dung. If you go out after dark with a torch you will see dozens of them going about their business of recycling, brilliant garden friend #britishwildlife #slugs #inthegarden ...

Black Mullein pops up here and there on the verges and is usually buzzing with Bees and other pollinators but the rain today kept the Bees undercover. Neither rabbits nor deer will eat this plant so quite handy in this part of the world #britishwildlife #britishwildflowers #southdowns #cheerythoughts ...

There are many small bridges that convey us over the myriad of braided streams in Hampshire's chalk stream country. Meant for people and horses, this notice in Cheriton reminds us of a time of gentler traffic #hampshirehistory #chalkstreams #hampshire ...

200 years ago today, Florence Nightingale was born. This incredible woman whose intelligence and compassion is remembered as the nurse who chose to nurse the sick and dying during the Crimean War, who laid the foundation of professional nursing, who was a mathematician, writer and social reformer. She was buried in East Wellow Hampshire at the church of St Margaret of Antioch, her family home was nearby Embley Park #hampshirehistory #hampshire #florencenightingale #womeninhistory #intriguinghistory ...

VE day 1945. A street party in Southampton #hampshirehistory #hampshire #VEday ...

Quebec House down at Old Portsmouth. Here the Salt baths washed the ills away. Oh if it could only do that now #hampshirehistory #oldportsmouth #hampshire ...

Happy St George's day Hampshire friends. Wall painting Netherwallop church #stgeorgesday #hampshirehistory #hampshire #churchwallpaintings #parishchurch ...

I like to find out a bit more about the people whose headstones we pass by. Solomon Richards and his wife Mary Ann lie together in the churchyard in Bishops Waltham. They died in the last decades of the C19th. Solomon was a local blacksmith turned ironmonger and he and his family lived a stones throw away in Bank St and Houchin St. Son Henry and daughter Mary Ann were born in 1847 and 1849 respectively. At the time of the 1851 census they had another daughter, little baby 'unnamed' just 12 days old. #hampshirehistory #hampshirepeople #headstones #churchyards #hampshire ...

I may have posted on this before so forgive me repeating myself but these wonderful Hampshire fingerpost are beautiful objects and sadly in danger of being lost as they fall into a poor state of repair. This one was rescued and made lovely again (I think one noble person may be responsible for repairing these, as an act of love). Different parts of Hampshire have different posts, they are a bit addictive. #hampshirehistory #fingerposts #hampshire #southdownsway ...

The village pump at EastTisted. There isn't much left of the pump itself but it was once such an important part of life. Clean water is something we all take for granted but it wasn't until the Public Health Act 1878 that it was the responsibility to see that each dwelling house had a supply of wholesome water sufficient for consumption and domestic purposes within a reasonable distance. Just imagine the gossip that took place under this shelter #easttisted #hampshirehistory #hampshire #villagepumps ...

Please can anyone tell me what these initials and dates mean on a wall of a building across from Winchester Cathedral? Thanks #winchester#hampshirehistory ...

Prince Arthur Tudor and Dogmersfield

What is the connection between Prince Arthur Tudor and Dogmersfield? The landscape around us holds historical secrets whether within its fields and forests, atop its hills or along its coastline. Looking out onto a deserted village where cattle now graze or having a picnic alongside a washed out coastal defense it’s often surprising to learn…

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Close up of the Guardian Angel's Chapel Winchester

Guardian Angel’s Chapel

The Guardian Angel’s Chapel in Winchester Cathedral was painted in 1241. King Henry III, also known as Henry of Winchester was baptised in the cathedral in 1207. He was the son of King John and assumed the throne at just nine years of age. He was fortunate in having three great men standing beside him,…

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Weather in Hampshire sayings

Hampshire Sayings and Folk Stories

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Hampshire Folklore

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