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Stuarts 1603 – 1714 Period

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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Royal Forest of Woolmer

Royal Forest of Woolmer

The Royal Forest of Woolmer A little known area of Hampshire that was once a Medieval royal hunting forest. It lies near Liphook and the Sussex border and like all the hunting forests, would once have been a mainly open and treeless landscape. The open heath land would have been home to a herds of…

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Alton Quakers

Alton Quakers

A turbulent time in Hampshire history and in England as a whole, the Alton Quakers persevered in a time of intolerance and the Meeting House stands as a testament to their dogged determination.

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Shick – Shack Day

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Hampshire Folklore

Part of Hampshire folklore is the celebration of Shick-Shack day on the 29th May. Not many oak leaves are observed adorning the hats of folk these days though.

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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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Bishop Curle’s Riddle

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is full of odd little carvings and riddles, look out for Bishop Curle’s Latin inscription on the West Front

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St Peter ad Vincula Colemore

The church of St Peter ad Vincula Colemore is an isolated church that sits alongside its ancient manor house. It looks as if time has past it by and is a wonderfully evocative picture of a time long ago in Hampshire History.

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The Broughton Dovecote

Broughton Dovecote

The Broughton dovecote is an unusual piece of architecture sitting in the churchyard of St Marys but what is even more interesting is the mechanism unseen inside.

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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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Abbey House Winchester

Abbey House gates Winchester
This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Winchester Historical Landmarks

Abbey House, built upon land once a gift to Queen Mary Tudor and now the residence of the Mayor of Winchester The site of Abbey House was once occupied by the Abbey of St Mary and St Edburga, formerly the Saxon Nunnaminster. When the abbey was dissolved in 1539, most of the buildings were destroyed.…

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Richard Cromwell

Richard Cromwell Memorial Hursley

Richard Cromwell Lord Protector of England and son of Oliver Cromwell, lived at Hursley in Hampshire and is buried in the church of All Saints Hursley.

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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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St Mary’s Church Abbotts Ann

St Mary’s church Abbots Ann has an amazing collection of virgin crowns and gauntlets hanging in the nave, not thought to be found in any other church in Hampshire

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