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Hampshire History Updates

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SO PLEASE NOTE, you may see changes as we upgrade our Web software and design for the next chapter...watch this space. Thanks for your patience.

Welcome to the Hampshire History website to explore connect and share the history of the ancient county of Hampshire. It's an ongoing project, mapped out around a kitchen table with a brew on the go so, guess what, it's not perfect.

One of our aims is to forge connections between all who are inspired by Hampshire and work to keep its unique story stitched together.  We try and help the many people who get in touch with us to piece together their own personal Hampshire history but as it all has to fit in around the day job please be patient.

So whether you are a 'Hampshire Hog', working in an organisation or business that has Hampshire at it's heart or a visitor to the county, feel free to contact us to share all that is great about Hampshire, it's culture and history.

Regularly updated , free to use, with many original photographs, interactive maps, tools and resources, we hope you will enjoy it, share it with us and your friends. Use Hampshire History to help all share, discover, connect  and extend our mutual knowledge and love for the history of this great county.

Ashford Hanger and William Cobbett

Ashford Hanger and William Cobbett

The landscape of Ashford Hanger is little changed since William Cobbett wrote about it in his book ‘Rural Rides’. The shape of the land is as memorable now as it was then when Cobbett traversed its heights in 1822.

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Ship Graffiti

Ship Graffiti on Hayling Island

The chance find of two lovely examples of ship graffiti in St Mary’s church Hayling Island raises the question of why they were created and by whom. There is much interest at the present time in Medieval graffiti and this example on Hayling Island is one for the enthusiast.

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St John Baptist Alabaster

The St John the Baptist alabaster altar piece in St Mary’s church Amport is a rare and beautiful Medieval object.

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Nelsons last walk

Nelson’s Last Walk

Nelson’s last walk on English took him through the streets of Portsmouth from his breakfast at the George Hotel to the awaiting barge and HMS Victory. People were moved to tears at the sight of their hero.

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Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire is a wonderful reminder of a lost industrial past rooted deep in the Hampshire countryside. Its connections with the silk weavers of London reveal the extent and demand for fine silks.

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Shepherd Lawes

Shepherd Lawes

Shepherd Lawes, buried in Martin Hampshire was the inspiration for the shepherd in W.H Hudson’s book, ‘A Shepherd’s Life’. Wriiten just before WWI it remembers the life and observations of a shepherd in the Wiltshire Hampshire Downs.

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Mad Dick Norton

Mad Dick Norton

Mad Dick Norton was otherwise Richard Norton of Southwick estate, a landowner and politician whose eccentric behaviour resulted in a very unusual will and a substantial amount of controversy.

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Medieval Graffiti

Medieval Graffiti at Wield

Searching for Medieval graffiti in the church of St James in Wield Hampshire, a lovely little fellow emerged from the soft chalk stone of the chancel arch. Could this inscription have been done over 600 years ago?

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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.

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