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Bursledon Brickworks

Evolution of the Bursledon Brickworks Company

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 on Hayling Island

Ship Graffiti

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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Nelson’s Last Walk

Nelsons 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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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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Hampshire Baptismal Fonts

Baptismal Font Portchester
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Upper Test Valley Fonts

Hampshire baptismal fonts range from the Saxon to the modern with an outstanding collection of Norman and Medieval fonts. The historical significance of the baptismal font is immense. Baptism is one of only two rites, the other being the Eucharist, for which there is Biblical authority and as such the act of baptism, in a…

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