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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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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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D-Day from Liphook to Southwick and Southampton WW2

#DDAY70 Red Arrows and a clear blue sky an enormous surge of energy and emotion #DDAY70 Portsmouth Hants UK
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Hampshire was full of troops equipment and there was a sense of a huge buildup, the population had been drilled on security but speculation was growing something ‘BIG’ was going to happen. What was it like for the residents of Hampshire as finally these massive resources and numbers of troops mobilised for the big push? Something “BIG” was going to happen but when? One of a series of posts marking Hampshire and its role and experience of the run-up to D-Day.

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History of the New Forest

History of the New Forest

The history of the New Forest National Park, is evident in the landscape, in the villages and towns and on the coast of this unique part of Britain.

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Hampshire Churches Stained Glass

Hampshire churches stained glass

Hampshire Churches Stained Glass Stained and painted glass has filled the the windows of our parish churches and great cathedrals for over a thousand years. There are so many beautiful stained glass windows in Hampshire churches that on our history foraging expeditions we make sure to capture as many images of them as possible. These…

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Hampshire Fingerposts

Hampshire Fingerpost

Hampshire fingerposts decorate the crossroads of many Hampshire lanes but without care and attention they will be fall into disrepair and be lost to Hampshire history

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