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Hampshire History Updates

DAYS SHORTENING - NIGHTS DRAWING IN - PERFECT TIME FOR A WEB REFRESH! WE ARE STARTING OUR AUTUMN UPGRADES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

One hundred years ago, in September 1819, the poet John Keats wrote 'To Autumn'. He had just returned from a walk near Winchester and for us this poem succinctly captures the beauty of our wonderful county.

'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun'

Autumn in Hampshire

So as the season turns we offer you a very warm welcome to the Hampshire History website. We hope that the upgrading work will soon be complete so that you can explore and share the history of the ancient county of Hampshire. The SEARCH button is not active at the moment as this is one of our biggest changes but it will reappear shortly. It is a project that was forged around a kitchen table by three old friends. Like us it has imperfections but we hope you will stay and help us to make connections between all who are inspired by Hampshire and work to keep its unique story stitched together.

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.

Bentley Castles

Bentley and The Anarchy

Bentley and the Anarchy. Hidden in the landscape around the village of Bentley lies evidence that connects Bentley with The Anarchy, a time when law and order were abandoned and the common man was caught up in war not of their own making. So what was The Anarchy? The Anarchy was the fight for the…

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Evolution of the Bursledon Brickworks Company

Bursledon Brickworks

Bursledon Brickworks Museum Hampshire abounds with hints of its industrial past, Brick Lane, Kiln Lane, Foundry Road but there is little evidence on the ground of these treasures from our industrial past, that is until you discover the Bursledon Brickworks Museum. This is a wonderful museum full of hard working and enthusiastic volunteers who have…

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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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