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Plantagenets 1154-1399 Period

The Mermaid of Nately Scures

The mermaid of Nately Scures resides in the church of St Swithun and has a most mysterious tale attached to it. The church is a brilliant Norman example of an aisle-less aspidal building.

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The Mysteries of Wymering Manor

Wymering Manor in Portsmouth is one of Hampshire’s oldest and allegedly, most haunted houses. From the outside it presents a bit of a sorry state and its exterior belies its ancient past but it is a house full on intrigue and mystery.

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Old Blue Boar Inn Winchester

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Winchester Historical Landmarks

The Old Blue Boar Inn in Winchester is over six hundred years old built just before the Black Death visited Hampshire with such devastating results We are blessed in Hampshire with a wealth of ancient buildings, Saxon and Norman churches, Medieval houses, Tudor cottages, the list is endless but sometimes the very survival of a…

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Tournai Font St Mary Bourne

Tournai fonts Hampshire

The Tournai font St Mary Bourne Hampshire, is one of four Tournai black marble fonts to be found in Hampshire and wonderfully carved with symbols

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Tournai Font Winchester Cathedral

Tournai Font Winchester

The Tournai font Winchester Cathedral Hampshire, is still the only font in the Cathedral and used for baptisms. Carved with the story of St Nicholas, it has on one side a ship carrying travellers.

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Tournai Font East Meon

Tournai Font East Meon
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Meon Valley Fonts

The Tournai font East Meon tells the story of Adam and Eve Many people come to the pretty village of East Meon to visit its magnificent Norman church and to gaze upon its black Tournai font, situated to the left hand side just as you enter the church’s south door. A gift from Bishop Henry…

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West Worldham Church

West Worldham Church St Nicholas

The West Worldham church of St Nicholas is set in a quiet place down Hampshire lanes, perched on a bank close to an ancient manor house. The small rectangular structure served as a cell to the Benedictine Abbey of Tiron in France.

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Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey, in the New Forest was founded by Cistercian monks on land gifted to them by King John in 1204. The ruins and the house are a historical gem that capture the essence of Hampshire history during the turbulent Medieval period.

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Paulet Family in Hampshire

The Paulet family are an ancient and important family in Hampshire and also played an important role in the history of England. Memorials to the Paulet family and its variant spellings abound in churches around the county.

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Baptismal Font Hurstbourne Tarrant

Baptismal font Hurstbourne Tarrant
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Upper Test Valley Fonts

The baptismal font Hurstbourne Tarrant St Peters, is the newest in the church, dating from the C13th. There is another older one tucked away behind a pew. The font in present day use is a new one relatively speaking, dating from the C13th and has a plain circular bowl resting on a stem which is…

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St Mary’s Church Amport

The church of St Mary’s Amport looks as though it has always been there but the C14th structure replaced an earlier church on the site

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Netley Abbey

Netley Abbey Hampshire

Netley Abbey is the most beautiful historical site in Hampshire. It is the most complete C13th Cistercian monastery in southern England and quite stunning. It is free to visit, take a camera, it will not disappoint.

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Priors Dean Church

Priors Dean Church

The church of Priors Dean in Hampshire sits splendidly in its isolation with only an attendant manor house for company.

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Blue Anchor Lane

Blue Anchor Lane Southampton

Blue Anchor Lane in Southampton is a gloriously evocative reminder of the richness of Southampton’s Medieval past

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Bishop’s Waltham Palace

Bishop Waltham's Palace Hampshire

Bishop’s Waltham Palace, the name itself conjurers up the magnificent place it must have been 900 years ago. Bishop’s Waltham Palace lies just ten miles away from Winchester Cathedral and was the noble palace of its Bishop’s who built a splendid residence for themselves and a 1000 acre park. Henry de Blois, that inveterate builder,…

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