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Periods of British and Hampshire’s History

The Great Plane Tree of Mottisfont

The Old Plane Tree Mottisfont

The great Plane tree of Mottisfont is a fantastic specimen of the tree we all know and love in London parks but the one in Hampshire is stunning and reputedly the oldest in the British Isles.

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Hamble Le Rice

Hamble Le Rice

Hamble Le Rice is bursting with history and delightful scenery. The settlement on the River Hamble estuary is ancient and intriguing and perfect for exploration.

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Hythe Pier Railway

Hythe Pier Railway
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Hampshire Transport History

Hythe Pier in Hampshire is home to the worlds oldest continuously running pier railway. It reaches out into Southampton Water to connect with the ferry. A ferry has been making the crossing here for well over five hundred years.

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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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William Nicholson Gin and Lords Cricket

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Cricket and Hampshire

William Nicholson gin and Lords cricket ground, what do they all have to do with the history of the county of Hampshire? Well cricket and Hampshire fit hand in glove but what about a London gin distillery? Read to find out more about this fascinating history.

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Bramdean Church in the Woods

Bramdean Church

Bramdean church in the woods is a corrugated iron clad church, built in 1873 for the families of travellers to use, who occupied Bramdean common. It was a flat pack construction that took just five days to erect.

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St Leonard’s Church Hartley Mauditt

St Leonards church in Hartley Mauditt Hampshire, sits in splendid isolation, it doesn’t even have its manor house for company. The ownership of the manor itself touches on key families in Medieval England.

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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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Nelson’s Monument

Nelson's Monument

Nelson’s Monument resting on the top of Portsdown Hill in Hampshire, soars away into the sky, with the bust of Nelson casting a keen eye, out across the waters of the Solent.

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Dr Keate of Eton College

Dr Keate of Eton College

Dr Keate of Eton College, the great flogging headmaster from 1809 to 1834, was rector of St Mary’s church Hartley Wespall and is buried inside.

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Elvetham Hall

Elvetham Hall History
This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hampshire Architecture

Elvetham Hall history is fascinatingly linked to the Seymour family and the Tudor royal family. The original house burnt down in the mid 19th century and a mighty Victorian Gothic mansion stands to replace it.

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Kings Somborne Church Carvings

Kings Somborne church carvings

Kings Somborne church carvings, it’s the little things that can sometimes have the greatest impact when searching out Hampshire history, as in the church at Kings Somborne.

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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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Norman Churches

Norman doorway in Easton church Hampshire

Hampshire is blessed with magnificent Norman churches whose wide arches are beautifully decorated with all manner of carving and whose fonts are square and strong.

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Eastney Pumping Station

Eastney Pumping Station

The Eastney Pumping Station in Portsmouth is a wonderful example of Victorian engineering, housing a Watts Boulton steam beam engine. It now operates as a museum.

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Bishop Fox of Winchester 1501

Bishop Fox
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Winchester Cathedral

Bishop Fox is a man little discussed when it comes to the Tudors but he was a great statesman and ultimately Bishop of Winchester in 1501, serving under the two great Tudor monarchs King Henry VII and King Henry VIII.

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Henry of Winchester

Henry of Winchester, King Henry III, born in Winchester Castle and reigned for fifty six years during which the first House of Commons sat under the rule of Simon de Montfort

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