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St Swithun a Humble Man

15th July is St Swithun’s day, if it rains today folklore has it that it will rain for forty days and forty nights. An intriguing piece of Hampshire History

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William Warham Son of Oakley

William Warham Oakley

William Warham of Oakley Hampshire was a favourite of King Henry VII and became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1503. He was a diplomat and lawyer and friend of the great intellectual Erasmus.

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Sir Thomas Sopwith Aviator

Sir Thomas Sopwith

Sir Thomas Sopwith pioneer and aviator lies buried in the churchyard in Little Somborne Hampshire. His planes won the battle in the skies during WWI and WWII, with the Sopwith Camel and the development along with his friend Harry Hawker, the Hurricane.

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Izaak Walton in Hampshire

Izaak Walton

Izaak Walton, writer of The Complete Angler, was not born in Hampshire but he made it his home and died in Winchester in 1683, close to the glorious chalk stream that is the River Itchen.

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Robert Owen Pioneering Socialist

Robert Owen and Harmony Hall

Robert Owen was a pioneering socialist, who brought his ideas of Utopian living to the Hampshire countryside by building Harmony Hall near East Tytherley. Little remains now of the Hall, it was burnt down in the C20th but Robert Owen’s socialist ideas live on.

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Mary Mitford Hampshire Author

Mary Mitford was an author in the early C19th whose work gives as rich a view of society at that time as that written by Jane Austen, her Hampshire contemporary.

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William Cowper Hampshire Surgeon

The memorial and headstone to one of Englands most important surgeon / anatomists, lies in the church of St Nicholas Hampshire. A simple unpretentious church not far from Alresford.

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King Alfred and The Vikings

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Anglo Saxon Hampshire

King Alfred’s life was dominated by the incessant attacks by the Vikings but how did Alfred succeed in defeating them when so many other kings had failed and did that defeat then propel him to become King of all England.

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Jane Austen in Chawton

The village of Chawton sweeps you back to the early years of the C19th, when Jane Austen and her family lived in the heart of the village

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Sir Adam de Gurdon

Sir Adam de Gurdon, one time knight and land owner in Hampshire became a notorious highwayman after losing his estates because of his support for Simon de Montfort in the Second Barons War

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Death of Jane Austen 1817

The death of Jane Austen in 1817 is still a puzzle but her gravestone in Winchester Cathedral is testament to her nature and nowhere does it speak of her being an author, just a much loved daughter and sister

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