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1950’s Racing Chart of the Solent

America's cup

1950’s Racing Chart of the Solent A chance find in a charity shop today turned up a racing chart of Solent and Spithead, how appropriate on the first day of the ‘America’s Cup’ hosted in Portsmouth for the first time in 164 years. Not being a sailor the chart is full of mysteries for me. The…

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Odiham and the Vernacular Magna Carta

Odiham Castle Hampshire

The vernacular Magna Carta was produced at Odiham Castle in Hampshire within two weeks of the original document being sealed. A writ was attached and the charter then sent out across England.

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D-Day Gathering

Hampshire was at the centre of D-Day Preparations as the massive force embarked for Normandy
This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Making ready for Overlord in Hampshire, with troops massing on the South Coast, Eisenhower moving into Southwick House and Admiral Ramsay running Neptune from Southwick Fort. Who was in your area around the time of Mid-May to 6th June there was lots of hearsay but has your village or town got a story to tell?

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East Meon Overseers Book 1819-1826

An open access Hampshire History data Project. A transcription of the East Meon Overseers Book 1819-1826, over 300 names to explore. This is one of a number of small projects being undertaken by the Hampshire History Project which we hope will engage social and family historians alike.

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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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Corhampton Church and King Cnut

Corhampton Church

A possible link between Corhampton church and King Cnut The Anglo Saxon church is awash with historical gems and it’s interesting to consider some of the connections made between its architecture and artefacts and other events that occurred in its long history. Go to the northern side of the church and look at the blocked…

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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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John Young Dean of Winchester 1616

What connection can be made between Winchester Cathedral and Exton, a small village in the Meon Valley? Can you solve the chronogram found on the memorial to Dean Young and how does it all connect with the village of Soberton. More intriguing Hampshire history.

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Winchester Bible

It is thought Henry de Blois commissioned the stunning Winchester Illuminated Bible. From the text to the illuminations, it is quite possibly the most beautiful piece of C12th artwork in Europe

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Hampshire ‘Feet of Fines’

Feet of fines

‘Feet of Fines’ documents for Hampshire date back to 1199 and give surnames and placenames of people living in Hampshire in the Medieval period. These are important resources for Hampshire History and help to build a picture of community and settlement in the county.

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Hampshire Domesday

The history of C11th Hampshire is contained within Domesday, which gives a rich picture of life in the county nearly a thousand years ago

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Dipnol Dipnall Dipnell Family Name of Hampshire

Dipnalls from whence do they hail? Where does the name originate from and does it have place and family history significance that is relevant and prevalent in Hampshire, here is a quick introduction, find out how to find more information and how we are looking to find out names that are local and significant in Hampshire Family History, as far back as we can trace…

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