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Norman Period in Hampshire's History

Hampshire bristles with England's Norman heritage.

It seems as if the Normans were intent on stamping their authority on community after community. The Norman Period in Hampshire's history 1066 to 1154 builds upon our early Roman and Anglo Saxon roots.

As part of this collection we will be identifying Norman sites within Hampshire, exploring what we can find out about the activities of the Normans and seeking out interesting resources.

The Norman Period gave us some stunning architecture

Many fortifications that survive today have elements that date back to the Norman Conquest, an example being Portchester Castle, which is one of the best preserved forts that dates back as far as the Romans. The magnificence of St Cross church Winchester and the splendid decorative church carving from one end of the county to the other.

Norman Period

St Cross Winchester

To get an overall perspective on the key dates and chronological order of events in Norman Britain see our Norman period page on Intriguing History here

Find out about Hampshire's Norman past by typing 'Norman' in the search bar on the Home page.

Norman Period

Norman Arch Petersfield

Merdon Castle

Merdon Castle

Between Standon and Hursley just off the A3090 sits Merdon Castle This little known ancient monument is now in private hands and so getting sight of it is tricky. If you drive along Castle Merdon Lane you can stop and take a look over the wall and you will see the earthworks on which this…

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