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Welcome to Hampshire History. 

Join us in discovering more about the history, culture and folklore of the beautiful ancient county of Hampshire.

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Hat pegs or wig pegs? The church of St Mary at Avington is a real treat. It has a largely unaltered interior dating from about 1771 and it includes these glorious mahogany pew boxes with pegs to hang your hat or a wig. I am guessing gentlemen had to remove head coverings, did that include wigs? Apparently the church was designed for sermons rather than sacraments so parishioners settled in for a few hours. The altar cannot be seen from the pews which is so different to a Medieval church. Anyway they could gaze up at the lovely sky blue ceiling and comte plate life #avington #parishchurch #hampshire #hampshirehistory #c18th #georgian #churchfollowing #church ...

Rummaging in my Romsey files and found this little oddity to share. In 1839, the Sexton of the Abbey was for some reason overseeing the removal of a lead coffin, 5ft below floor level. In the coffin he found 'a beautiful head of hair, with a tail plaited, evidently that of a young female lying on a block of oak. The hair was in perfect form and appeared as though the skull had only been recently removed from it'. The vicar was unimpressed and chucked it out but the Sexton retrieved it. In 2016 the Oxford radiocarbon unit were pretty sure that the person had died between 965 and 1045AD. #saxon #hampshire #hampshirehistory #romsey #saxonartefacts #churchoddities ...

The Trumpeter stone by the old yew tree in Selborne is a memorial stone to a man called John Newland who, if the story is to be believed, led an attack on the Selborne Workhouse in 1830.part of the Swing Riots which were prevalent in the south of England at the time. The story goes he escaped arrest by hiding up in the Hangars behind the village. He supposedly sounded his horn to muster men to the attack. The truth is a little different though. He was arrested and spent 6months in Winchester Gaol for mobbing the Vicar of Selborne. His family were convinced of his role as leader of the attack on the workhouse and all the injustices therein and on his death persuaded the then Vicar of his role and he was duly buried by the great yew. W. H Hudson then retold the tale in his book Hampshire Days and the tale became fact. #hampshire #hampshirehistory #selborne #swingriots #memorialstones #churchyards ...

I try and seek out the parish chest when visiting a church because of their functionality. This one from All Saints in Crondall dates back to 1546. The parish chest used to contain all the paperwork pertaining to the parish. It held the registers of birth, marriage and death as well as the parish accounts, overseers books, records of the poor House etc. This chest is not made of wood but of plaster of Paris, covered in leather and then wrapped in straps and riveted. The plaster and leather controlled the humidity in the chest thus preserving the contents. Brilliant and not only that but it made the chest very heavy and difficult to steal. Nearly 500 years old, what a fab thing #parishchest #parishchurch #hampshire #hampshirehistory #crondall ...

Foot or shoe graffiti is thought to be associated with pilgrimage. This lovely example from Winchester Cathedral could certainly be such a thing. There are few Lardners from the period in Hampshire, more in Oxfordshire so did Thomas travel here in 1655? I am interested because of the date. Oliver Cromwell was ruler of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Military rule had been enforced the year before because of support for Prince Charles, the son of Charles 1st. Thomas was obviously happy to put his full name on the wall of the cathedral. I wonder how that was viewed at the time? Of course 1655 could have been an anniversary year of say his birth but interesting to ponder on. #hampshire #hampshirehistory #medievalgraffiti #shoegraffiti #winchester ...

This cheeky fellow has been in my photo records for quite a while now. He is no bigger than my thumb and is on one of the chantry chapels at Winchester Cathedral and is the mark of the builder who apparently has left his mark on other of his work in the country. I keep meaning to discover more. So who is the stone Mason responsible? #winchester #winchestercathedral #stonemasons #chantrychapels #hampshire #hampshirehistory ...

Tha point of this photo is to draw your attention to the circular indentation on the RH side of the plaque. It sits behind the altar in St Andrew's Church Owslebury. The vicar was celebrating Mass in Latin and it is alleged that King Henry VIII ordered his murder. The musket ball passed through him and struck the plaque behind him. It is also said that King Henry was privately married to Jane Seymour in the old hall at Marwell. Her brother Sir Henry Seymour obtained the lease for the estate, hence the connection. The descendants of the vicar were reduced to poverty and their estate passed to others. #hampshirehistory #hampshire #mysteriousthings #reformation #parishchurches ...

This is a memorial in St Peter's Church Petersfield, to several members of the Worlidge family. John Worlidge who died in 1700 was a noted English agricultural isn't and considered a great expert on rural affairs. He wrote 'Systema Agriculturae' for improving agricultural practices. An important book in its time. His mum was Anne Yalden and her father was William Yalden, her mother Rose was the older sister of a John Goodyear the botanist of Petersfield. How fascinating is that? #petersfield #hampshirehistory #hampshire ...

This is my happy day face and makes the world a better place for my hoomans and deserves a treat #walkingthedog #happydog #blacklab ...

Just a little bit of old Portsmouth which always captures my eye #oldportsmouth #hampshirehistory #architecturaldetails #hampshire #intriguinghistory ...

The date on this headstone is 1712. It lies on the floor of the parish church in Soberton and is really fascinating because it depicts a tulip. Tulips were introduced to Europe from Turkey during the late C16th. They were introduced to the wealthy port of Amsterdam and the bulbs were traded as commodities. They reached hugely high values, the result of which was Tulip Mania. Eventually the market collapsed but the bulbs were still very expensive and regarded as a status symbol fetching tens of guineas. Interesting to speculate on the connection between the person who lies with this headstone and tulips #headstones #hampshire #hampshirehistory #soberton #parishchurches #tulips #tulipmania #c18th ...

This is the village of Privett, just off the A272 towards Petersfield. You may have noticed the tall spire of Holy Trinity Church. This church was funded by Sir William Nicholson the gin distiller of London, who in 1863 bought Basing Park Privett. He was a gifted cricketer and gave a lot of money for the purchase of Lords Cricket Ground and it is believed the bacon and egg colours adopted by the club were the colours of the Nicholson Gin Company. The church is a conservation Trust church. He also built the vicarage and the school which you can see here. #hampshirehistory #hampshire #nicholsongin #privett #victorians #schoolhouses #parishchurches ...

Danebury Hillfort

Danebury Hillfort

Danebury Hillfort is just one of many hillforts occupying the landscape across Hampshire and its neighbouring counties. Where we live, tucked down in the river valleys, we gaze up at highlands that are bare. Only the flocks of sheep and grazing herds that maintain the short grasslands occupy the space. Many of these chalk ridges…

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The Wherwell Cockatrice

The tale of the Wherwell Cockatrice. Folklore tales are am important part of the social and cultural history of a place. Stories lovingly retold in a community that grow and change with the telling form part of a web that binds people and places together. The belief of our forebears in stories of dragons and…

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The Tomb of Dame Margery Caryll

The tomb of Dame Margery Caryll. The old Norman church of St John in the village of Greatham was built in 1282. All that remains is the Chancel, the rest is a ruin. However inside is housed the Grade II listed tomb of the C17th manor holder of Greatham: Dame Margery Caryll (nee Freeland) (1594…

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