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Tudor Period

Hampshire's History and the Tudor Period with the Reformation and Henry VIII's patronage much land and wealth would pass to the Tudor's chosen beneficiaries.

Tudor Period in Hampshire's History

The Tudor Period, from 1485-1603 left its mark on Hampshire, as it did in so many other parts of England, in the dissolution of its monasteries. The Reformation brought huge change. New landlords, important Hampshire families who became new men of the Reformation such as the Wriothesleys and Paulets benefited hugely from the gifts of dissolution. The old religion remained quite strong in Hampshire and its recusant families such as the Shelleys of Buriton and the Cottons of Warblington, some of the Tichbornes and Paulets came through the period fairly unscathed. On the flip side, the Marian persecutions in the reign of Mary, had little effect on Hampshire either.


Tudor Period

Wriothesley Memorial Titchfield


The fortunes of Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester waxed and waned during the Tudor period

Portsmouth was established as a naval dockyard after King Henry VII built a dry dock there but Southampton's position as a mercantile trading port declined with the decline in foreign merchant ships. King Henry VIII built his famous south coast fortifications and from Southsea watched his ship, the Mary Rose sink.

Tudor Period

Tudor Rose on the Mary Rose Canon

So join us as we sample Hampshire life under the Tudors, there's plenty of intriguing connections to explore.

Tudor Period

Unusual Tudor window St Nicholas Brockenhurst


Elvetham Hall History

Elvetham Hall

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hampshire Architecture

Elvetham Hall history is fascinatingly linked to the Seymour family and the Tudor royal family. The original house burnt down in the mid 19th century and a mighty Victorian Gothic mansion stands to replace it.

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Bishop Fox

Bishop Fox of Winchester 1501

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Winchester Cathedral

Bishop Fox is a man little discussed when it comes to the Tudors but he was a great statesman and ultimately Bishop of Winchester in 1501, serving under the two great Tudor monarchs King Henry VII and King Henry VIII.

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Margaret Beaufort

Margaret Beauchamp

Margaret Beauchamp, who became Margaret Beaufort, was grandmother to King Henry VII and two hundred years after her death is remembered in a Hampshire church in Farley Chamberlayne.

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The Tichborne Family Chapel

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Itchen Valley Churches

The Tichborne family chapel in the church of St Andrew’s Tichborne is a rare survivor of a Roman Catholic in a pre-reformation church. It has a very different look to the rest of the church.

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HH Project Update on 16th Century Hampshire Wills

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Digital Projects

Hampshire History’s Tudor Wills data project first stages an introduction and links to the data for family social and local history.

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Edmund Spenser Alton

Edmund Spenser in Alton?

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Hampshire People

The question of whether Edmund Spenser ever lived in Alton is based on a few tantalizing clues that allude to little that can be substantiated. So it is with many historical nuggets that glint in amongst the splendour of Hampshire history.

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