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The Ogham Stone of Silchester

Silchester Ogham Stone

The Ogham Stone of Silchester. The Ogham Stone of Silchester was discovered in 1893 during an excavation of the ancient town. A well in the town was being excavated. At a depth of about 3m, a pillar of sandstone was found. This phallic shaped pillar stood on a square plinth and is approximately 50cm tall.…

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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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Merdon Castle

Merdon Castle

Between Standon and Hursley just off the A3090 sits Merdon Castle This little known ancient monument is now in private hands and so getting sight of it is tricky. If you drive along Castle Merdon Lane you can stop and take a look over the wall and you will see the earthworks on which this…

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Bentley and The Anarchy

Bentley Castles

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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Medieval Shoes in Selborne

Medieval shoes

Medieval shoes never look very comfortable but they are brilliantly evocative of a time long past The Medieval shoe in discussion is the one with excessively long pointed toes. They are called ‘Poulaines’ meaning ‘shoes in the Polish fashion’ since they were thought to have been fashionable in Krakow in the 15th century. The Poulaine…

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Medieval Graffiti at Wield

Medieval Graffiti

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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The Grace Dieu 1420

Grace Dieu
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Agincourt and Hampshire

The Grace Dieu was a huge warship constructed between 1413 and 1420 and destined for the wars with France under the orders of King Henry V. In fact it never got further than the Isle of Wight and its remains lie in the mud in the River Hamble

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Saxons in the Meon Valley

Corhampton church and King Cnut

The Saxons in the Meon Valley Project is a superb heritage lottery funded community history project, which is producing an aerial film of the Meon Valley.

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St Andrew’s Church Meonstoke

Meonstoke Church

The Early English architecture of St Andrew’s church Meonstoke is beautiful in its simple lines, without too much Victorian ‘restoration’ and embelishment.

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Silbury Hill Digital Archive

Silbury Hill Digital Archive

The Silbury Hill Digital Archive Project English Heritage, is an open access resource to the archaeological work undertaken at this ancient monument in Wiltshire.

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The Silchester Project

The Silchester Project

The Silchester Project is an archaeological project undertaken by the University of Reading into the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum in Hampshire. Visit to see the best preserved Roman town walls in Britain.

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Nunnaminster Winchester

Ruins of Nunnaminster Winchester

Nunnaminster in Winchester was the Saxon abbey founded in 903AD by King Alfred and his wife Ealhswith. It was a wooden structure re-built in stone and then enlarged by the Normans.

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Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm Hampshire

The Butser Ancient Farm experimental archaeology project is over forty years old and still developing new research into how ancient communities lived. It acts as both a tourist and educational attraction as well as a research site.

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Selborne

Selborne in Hampshire, an ancient place in the beautiful Hangars of Hampshire. Home to the naturalist Gilbert White and backdrop to the notorious swing riots, the village has a plethora of magnificent buildings to admire. Take the historic Selborne walk, immerse yourself in the writings of Gilbert White or partake of refreshment in one of the lovely Hampshire Pubs, full of history themselves.

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