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Welcome to Hampshire History

Welcome to Hampshire History. 

Come and join us as we explore Hampshire History this Winter. We intend to get out into our beautiful countryside and discover more of our intriguing history. Whatever your connection to Hampshire get involved. Fresh off the press. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the countryside historian in your life then check out our book box gifts at www.honeybeebarn.com

Old Winchester Hill

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 ...

The railway crossing bridge Petersfield. How many people had a bridge like this on their model railways? #railwayhistory #hampshirehistory #petersfield #hampshire ...

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 ...

Gilbert White Selborne

Gilbert White Selborne

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Hampshire People

Gilbert White of Selborne, the quiet naturalist, whose life was committed to the observance of all the natural history that surrounded his home in Hampshire.

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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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St Cross

John Keats In Winchester

John Keats in Winchester. For those who know Winchester well one of the most beautiful and restful walks is along one of the chalk streams of the River Itchen. Pick up the path at the end of College Street and walk out of the city towards St Cross. Look out across the water meadows towards…

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