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Hampshire History Blog

The Hampshire History Blog is about snippets of intriguing history that we stumble upon and want to share with you in a more informal way. We have been out and about (obviously not at the moment) enjoying the historic and cultural offerings of the county and so here are some jottings about our experiences.

Hampshire History Blog

Portchester Castle Document full of intriguing information

 

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Hampshire History Blog

Capturing a cow moment in Hampshire

 

There are many small bridges that convey us over the myriad of braided streams in Hampshire's chalk stream country. Meant for people and horses, this notice in Cheriton reminds us of a time of gentler traffic #hampshirehistory #chalkstreams #hampshire ...

200 years ago today, Florence Nightingale was born. This incredible woman whose intelligence and compassion is remembered as the nurse who chose to nurse the sick and dying during the Crimean War, who laid the foundation of professional nursing, who was a mathematician, writer and social reformer. She was buried in East Wellow Hampshire at the church of St Margaret of Antioch, her family home was nearby Embley Park #hampshirehistory #hampshire #florencenightingale #womeninhistory #intriguinghistory ...

VE day 1945. A street party in Southampton #hampshirehistory #hampshire #VEday ...

Quebec House down at Old Portsmouth. Here the Salt baths washed the ills away. Oh if it could only do that now #hampshirehistory #oldportsmouth #hampshire ...

Happy St George's day Hampshire friends. Wall painting Netherwallop church #stgeorgesday #hampshirehistory #hampshire #churchwallpaintings #parishchurch ...

I like to find out a bit more about the people whose headstones we pass by. Solomon Richards and his wife Mary Ann lie together in the churchyard in Bishops Waltham. They died in the last decades of the C19th. Solomon was a local blacksmith turned ironmonger and he and his family lived a stones throw away in Bank St and Houchin St. Son Henry and daughter Mary Ann were born in 1847 and 1849 respectively. At the time of the 1851 census they had another daughter, little baby 'unnamed' just 12 days old. #hampshirehistory #hampshirepeople #headstones #churchyards #hampshire ...

I may have posted on this before so forgive me repeating myself but these wonderful Hampshire fingerpost are beautiful objects and sadly in danger of being lost as they fall into a poor state of repair. This one was rescued and made lovely again (I think one noble person may be responsible for repairing these, as an act of love). Different parts of Hampshire have different posts, they are a bit addictive. #hampshirehistory #fingerposts #hampshire #southdownsway ...

The village pump at EastTisted. There isn't much left of the pump itself but it was once such an important part of life. Clean water is something we all take for granted but it wasn't until the Public Health Act 1878 that it was the responsibility to see that each dwelling house had a supply of wholesome water sufficient for consumption and domestic purposes within a reasonable distance. Just imagine the gossip that took place under this shelter #easttisted #hampshirehistory #hampshire #villagepumps ...

Please can anyone tell me what these initials and dates mean on a wall of a building across from Winchester Cathedral? Thanks #winchester#hampshirehistory ...

The good people of Bentley in Hampshire have adopted 'William the Archer' as the symbol of this fascinating Hampshire village. The lands of William the Archer can be found in Domesday, which included Bentley. This was a time when those landowners were expected to support the King by providing an archer to serve him. #hampshirehistory #bentley #intriguinghistory #hampshire ...

A trip to Andover, once upon a time an important wool town. The C17th Town Mill where farmers brought their grain to be ground into flour. An earlier mill was a fulling mill for wool. #andover #hampshirehistory #hampshire #mills ...

Oh Father Time and a nice skull for Halloween care of Bursledon Church, St Leonards #hampshirehistory #headstones #bursledon #hampshire ...

The Royal Anchor Liphook is a building jam packed with history. Formerly the Blue Anchor before King George III granted the name 'royal', it was a coaching Inn on the busy and notoriously dangerous London to Portsmouth Road. The door shown was presented by Queen Victoria after she stayed there. Her coat of arms in the centre of the fan. #hampshirehistory #hampshire #coachinginn #intriguinghistory ...

Old Burghclere Church. Lovely doorway and note the mass dial on the right hand side. Sorry to have been absent but have been locked out of my Hampshire history account😭😭🙄fingers crossed🤞 ...

There is an academic project being undertaken at Winchester Cathedral to record all the graffiti there and I was lucky to be given a tour around to see some of what they are doing and to listen to possible interpretations of what we were seeing. All subjective of course as so little is understood about the marks left in our churches by the common people over the centuries. This image is one we have seen elsewhere in Hampshire and has an interesting possible interpretation. In the post English Civil War period, a flood of sectarian opinion swept England. Dissenting groups popped up and perhaps the most radical of these groups were 'the Ranters'. They denied the authority of the church and were seen as a threat to social order. They were seen to lack moral values or restraint in worldly pleasures. The graffiti seen here could be the work of a Ranter and may be an image of the 'Protestant Whore'. The head and female head gear and the lower exposed breasts. Or it could be a depiction of the an eye.Prominent Ranter, Laurence Clarkson, wrote a pamphlet, 'A Single Eye'. A Correct interpretation or not it is an interesting theory and I shall be watching out for more. #church graffiti #winchestercathedral #hampshire #hampshirehistory ...