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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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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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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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