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Victorian 1837-1901

Taskers of Andover Ltd

Taskers of Andover

Taskers of Andover Ltd, Tasker & Co, Tasker & Sons the list goes on but the company is the same. In 1803, Robert Tasker, a twenty one year old blacksmith from Devizes, left his home to look for work and found a job with the blacksmith at Abbotts Ann. He was a hard working and…

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Blackmoor Church

Blackmoor church images
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Selborne Area Churches

Blackmoor Church in Hampshire named St Matthew’s, was designed by one of the greatest Victorian architects, Alfred Waterhouse. These images show the beauty of his stained glass.

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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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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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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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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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Marc Brunel in Portsmouth

Marc Brunel
This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Hampshire People

The incredible engineers, the Brunels, father and son are in-extrinsically linked to Portsmouth through deed and birth Marc Isambard Brunel was a frenchman who fled the French Revolution and in 1793, fled to America and became chief engineer of New York City.  By 1799 he had married Sophia Kingdom and they had three children, Sophia,…

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Data Meon Valley Surnames 1841

Exton Church Yard Hampshire
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Digital Projects

Data collected from the 1841 census on Meon Valley surnames, shows the incidence of surnames in individual villages along the Meon Valley. This bank of data reveals some interesting finds. It is an incomplete but growing body of data useful to Hampshire family historians.

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Water Babies in Hampshire

Charles Kingsley's grave Eversley Hampshire
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Hampshire People

The Water Babies was a children’s novel written by Charles Kingsley, rector of Eversley and inspired by the grounds and building of Bramshill House Hampshire.

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A View of Netley Abbey 1909

Netley Abbey

The romantic ruins of Netley Abbey as they appeared in 1909. Netley Abbey has such a fascinating history and it’s interesting to see how historic sites have long captured the imagination of visitors.

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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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The Andover Workhouse

The Andover Workhouse

The Andover workhouse scandal brought about the demise of the Poor Law Commission, set up in the 1830’s to find a solution to the growing number of por and destitute people in England.

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Holy Trinity Ashe

Rare stained glass Holy Trinity church Ashe

The church of Holy Trinity at Ashe in Hampshire has a wonderful history with connections to Jane Austen and the Charge of the Light Brigade

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Royal Victoria Hospital

Royal Victoria Hospital Netley

The Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley was built with Queen Victoria’s support to provide care to British military personnel whose sufferings at the Crimea War had been brought to her attention. The huge hospital on Southampton Water served it purpose for just over a hundred years.

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Baptismal Font Soberton

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Meon Valley Fonts

The baptismal font Soberton in the church of St Peter’s The font in St Peter’s church Soberton is Victorian  with a hexagonal bowl on a single pedestal and a stepped base. The sides of the bowl are decorated with carvings of angels, crossed swords and keys. It has a wooden lid. Our intention is to…

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Itchen Abbas Church

Itchen Abbas church St John the Baptist

Itchen Abbas church of St John the Baptist, is a fine Victorian building that hides a much earlier church Alas the old church placed a great burden on the parish as its ancient walls and tower fell into decay and became unsafe. The church has some architectural remains that suggest it was built in the…

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The Church in the Woods Bramdean Common

Church in the woods Bramdean

The Church in the Woods at Bramdean Common is one of the most delightful and moving churches in Hampshire. This simple building was erected to serve an itinerant working community in the late C19th.

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