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Finding Resources For Hampshire History

We get many requests for help with peoples Hampshire research projects. We know how tricky it can be to track down information and so have started to collate information from a variety of sources to help you. Often the best source of information can be found locally and amateur historians love to help others. We have found as many local historical groups, museums and archives as possible. Search by place name or for a wider resource, type Hampshire into the search. Obviously there will be much more to add so If you know of a resource we have missed just let us know and we can add it.

Eventually this will be added to our new Hampshire Gazeteer.

Where to go for Hampshire resources?
Where to go for Hampshire resources?
Place NameResourceDescriptionLink
Abbotts AnnOnline village siteA super village site with a section on the history of the village and a map showing places of historical interest.
Abbotts AnnBritish History Online
Abbots WorthyThe Worthy Local History GroupAn active local history group covering all the Worthy villages that lie North of Winchester along the River Itchen.
Adhurst St MarySee resources for Petersfield
Alice Holt ForestonlineGreat chronological overview of the history of the forest
Alice Holt ForestAlice Holt - a brief historyThis is the first overview of the history of Alice Holt in a single volume. Roy Waight has written a comprehensive history of Alice Holt Forest, drawing information from a wide range of sources to outline the events that shaped it and the people who lived in and around it.
Alresford (New)Alresford Historical and Literary SocietyA very active history society with lots of interesting articles and pictures
Alresford (Old)Alresford Historical and Literary SocietyA very active history society with lots of interesting articles and pictures
AltonCurtis MuseumSuper local history museum that is supported under the umbrella of the Hampshire Cultural Trust.
AltonJane Austen TrailThis is an informative and fun way to explore the association of Jane Austen and Alton. The trail maps can be printed off.
AltonThe Story of AltonWritten by C.W Hawkins and published in 1973 it tells the history of Alton through its people, their trades and services.
AlverstokeSee Gosport
AmpfieldSee Eastleigh
AmportAmport village siteSuper village site with a good potted history and map. Some interesting articles as well.
AndoverAndover History and Archaeological SocietyThis is an engaging and far reaching site that explores the history of the ancient market town and its surrounding area. A good list of publications. Active and engaging talks.
AndoverAndover MuseumSuper local museum to explore the history of this ancient market town and the even older Danebury hillfort.
AndoverThe Scandal of the Andover WorkhouseWritten by Ian Anstruther this is a must read book for all those interested in social history.
Andover DownSee Andover
AppleshawAppleshaw village siteA village site that gives a brief history of the village
AsheSteventon village siteLinked to the Steventon site because of its connections with Jane Austen, this site is an informative and interesting look at Ashe and Deane.
AshleySee Milton
AshmansworthParish online siteA small piece on the history of Ashmansworth and Crux Easton on the parish site.
AvingtonOnline site Avington ParkThis historical house now an events venue has a short history of the park on its website.
AwbridgeAwbridge village siteA small piece on the history of Awbridge
Barton on SeaSee Milton
Barton StaceyBarton Stacey History GroupSuper local history society looking at all aspects of their history. Includes a timeline and a map.
BashleySee Milton
BasingSee Basingstoke
BasingBasing HouseA great open air museum that tells the history of this Tudor house and reveals the brutality of the English Civil War. The Great Barn is not to be missed.
BasingstokeBasingstoke Archaeological and Historical SocietyA superb society with an active and engaging site. They are actively involved in archaeological projects and hold regular meetings and tours.
BaughurstBritish History Online
BeaulieuBeaulieu History SocietySuper local history society including a list of publications and talks about the local area.
BightonBighton and Gundleton village siteSuper village site with an informative piece on the history of the area.
Bishops GreenSee Ecchinswell
Bishops SuttonSee Alresford
Bishops WalthamBishops Waltham SocietySuper local history society with masses of useful history on the area and several projects on the boil. Active and engaging.
Bishops WalthamBishops Waltham PalaceEnglish Heritage site free entry and great history. Scramble among the ruins to bring history to life. The town is just a step across the road and has a lovely church to explore.
BishopstokeBishopstoke History GroupA very active and interesting Facebook page, well worth a look.
BitterneCommunity ProjectNice community history project. Active and engaging
BlackmoorSee Selborne
BoldreBoldre Parish Historical SocietyAn active local history group
BossingtonSee Stockbridge
BotleyBotley, Curdridge and Durley History SocietyAn active group with some nice photos of the area on the village community site. They have some publications and a DVD of the history of the area.
Bramshott See Liphook
BreamoreBreamore House and Countryside MuseumBeautiful Elizabethen Breamore House now used for events can still be visited but you need to check for opening times.
BrockenhurstNew Forest Explorers GuidePart of the New Forest guide that allows you to explore all the fascinating villages in the New Forest.
Brown CandoverBritish History Online
Bucklers HardBucklers Hard MuseumLiving history museum gives a great insight into the C18th ship building village in the New Forest area
BullingtonBritish History Online
BurghclereBritish History Online
BuritonBuriton Community ProjectA superb community project that has copious amounts of fascinating material related on an excellent site. Projects include the WW1 project from which they published a lovely book.
BursledonBursledon WindmillHampshire's only working windmill is a fun place to visit and a rare bit of industrial history in Hampshire.
CalshotNew Forest Visitors GuideA good guide to Calshot Castle which is run as a museum by English Heritage. The views across the Solent are worth the journey.
CatheringtonBritish History Online
CatisfieldCattisfield Ancient and ModernA dynamic local history group putting Cattisfield on the map
Chandlers FordChandlers Ford local history blogA site which is trying to make connections with all things Chandlers Ford
CharltonSee Andover
ChawtonJane Austen's House MuseumCompletely delightful place to visit. Good information and transports the visitor effortlessly back to the C18th. A pub abd tea room and lovely church to visit as well as Chawton House.
ChawtonChawton HouseHome to a unique collection of works by female writers, the house is a beautifully restored building evoking the time when Jane Austen visited. The newly opened gardens are a pleasure to visit.
ChiddenSee Hambledon
ChilboltonSee Wherwell
ChilcombSee Winchester
ChinehamSee Basingstoke
Church CrookhamFleet and Crookham Local Histroy GroupThis is an active local history group which appear to have a large archive of material but nine of which is available to search online but you can make a request for information. Various active projects are on the boil, the biggest impressive project is the scanning of images and documents for their catalogue.
ClanvilleSee Andover
CliddesdenBritish History Online
ComptonCompton and Shawford Local History SocietyA super local site
CrookhamSee Fleet and Church Crookham
Crux EastonSee Ashmansworth
CurdridgeSee Botley
DamerhamDamerham Community siteA great community site filled with lots of interesting snippets of information about the village.
DeaneSee Ashe
DenmeadDenmead Parish Council. See also HambledonA brief history of the settlement of Denmead, its history tied to Hambledon so worth checking out for information there.
DogmersfieldBritish History Online
DroxfordDroxford Community History GroupA community history group which is active but not much online.
DummerBritish History Online
DurleySee Botley
East CholdertonSee Andover
East DeanBritish History Online
East MeonEast Meon History GroupA superb village site full of in depth and interesting material. Projects such as the house history project have been completed. An active and engaging history group.
EastropSee Basingstoke
East TytherleyBritish History Online
East WellowSee Wellow
East WoodhayEast Woodhay Parish CouncilAn active local history society
EastleighEastleigh Facebook GroupA Facebook group as a place to share histroy and memories of Eastleigh
Ecchinswell and SydmontonEcchinswell local history groupA brief history of Ecchinswell and Sydmonton and Bishops Green
ElingEling tide millAn unusual and fun museum, an opportunity to see a rare piece of industrial history, a tide mill.
EllisfieldEllisfiled Village siteBrief history of the settlement
EmpshottSee Liss
EmsworthEmsworth OnlineSuper site giving a real insight into the history of this maritime settlement. It has a timeline as well as some lovely images. You can explore the towns 70 listed buildings and learn about its maritime past.
EmsworthEmsworth MuseumA wonderful local history museum which draws a lively picture of Emsworth the Maritime town.
Enham AlameinEnham TrustAn unusual place with an unusual history. This is a fascinating read about an enduring legacy
EwhurstEwhurst History SocietySuper site with lots of information about Ewhurst and the surrounding area. It has its own archive of material and publications.
Exbury The Rothschild ArchivesA fascinating history of Exbury Estate
Exbury Exbury GardensA lovely garden to visit on the Exbury estate with the added advantage of being close to the Solent coast.
ExtonBritish History Online
Fair Oak
FarehamFareham Local History GroupWith so much history to cover it's no wonder that Fareham has such an active and interesting local history group.
FarehamWestbury Manor MuseumA super local museum full of intriguing snippets of Fareham history
Farleigh Wallop
Farley Chamberlayne
FarringdonFarringdon village siteA useful site with some interesting snippets of local history
FawleyBritish History Online
FinchdeanFinchdean village siteUnder construction
FleetFleet and Crookham Local History GroupThis is an active local history group which appear to have a large archive of material but nine of which is available to search online but you can make a request for information. Various active projects are on the boil, the biggest impressive project is the scanning of images and documents for their catalogue.
FordingbridgeFordingbridge Historical SocietyThis is an active local history group.
FortonSee Gosport
Four MarksFour Marks NewsA brief history of Four Marks
FoxcotteSee Andover
FreefolkBritish History Online
FroxfieldSee Petersfield
FroyleFroyle Community ArchiveA super local community history project with lots of information about the village of saints. Transcriptions and much more to discover
FullertonSee Andover
FuntleyFuntley Village SocietyA useful historical insight into the history of Funtley which, in its past was at the centre of the industrial revolution.
Goodworth ClatfordGoodworth Clatford Village SiteA good village site with some guidance to the history of the area
GosportLocal History SocietyOne of the most active history societies with lots of information, activities and engagement.
GosportGosport Gallery
GrateleyGrateley Parish CouncilAn outstanding collection of local history that more than covers the history of this small village in Hampshire.
GrayshottGrayshott HeritageA super site with a timeline, map and images. An active local history group
GreywellGreywell village siteThis site gives a brief history of Greywell
HaleHale Parish CouncilA brief history of Hale
Hamble-le-RiceHamble Local History SocietyA super local history site with lots of fascinating history from its maritime to its airborne history, with great images.
HambledonHambledon Parish Council siteIt seems there might be a local history group but it is proving difficult to track down but the parish site gives a brief insight into the history of the village.
HambledonHambledonWritten by John Goldsmith this book tells the story of Hambledon through its people. Families whose lives were bound to the village over hundreds of years. The story of cricket and of all the trades and services provided. A good map at the front is very helpful.ISBN 0 85033 921 9
Harbridge British History Online
Hartley MaudittSee Selborne
Hartley Wespall
Hartley Witney
Hayling IslandThe King Holds HaylingWritten by F.G.S Thomas gives an account of Hayling Island from early timesISBN 0950 4448 7 1
Headbourne WorthySee Abbots Worthy
Hinton AmpnerHinton Ampner HouseRun by the National Trust with lovely gardens to visit. The church can be visited without belonging to the Trust.
HookMemories of Hook in HampshireThere seems to be an active group but until we can locate it this is their FB page
Hurstbourne PriorsSee Hurstbourne Tarrant
Hurstbourne TarrantHurstbourne Tarrant Historical SocietyThis is an active and interesting site with lots of images and information on the local buildings as well as some good links to other historical sites
HytheHythe Local Histroy GroupSuper local history group with lots of fascinating material to explore
Kings SomborneThe Somborne and District SocietyAn active local history group
Kings WorthySee Abbots Worthy
KingsclereKingsclere Heritage AssociationA very full and active site for all those with an interest in Kingsclere history with useful reference and archive material.
Knights EnhamSee Andover
LangrishSee East Meon
LashamLasham Gliding SocietyVisit the gliding heritage Centre for a very different experience. The WW2 history is especially interesting.
LeckfordLeckford Fishing ClubThe history of fly fishing the clear waters of Hampshire's chalk streams are told in the history of this fishing club. Fascinating stuff.
LeckfordHistory of the Leckford EstateThe history of the Leckford Estate which is the Waitrose Farm is an interesting view on the growth of one of Britains best loved retailers.
Lee-on-the-SolentLee Flying AssociationA history of Lee on Solent Aerodrome
Leigh ParkSee Havant
LiphookLiphook Heritage CentreSuperb small archive and museum which you can visit. Stuffed full of fascinating history. Publications to buy and a plethora of images. Really great.
LissLiss Area Historical SocietyA good active local history group
Little AnnSee Andover
Little BasingSee Basing
Little LondonSee Andover
Little SomborneSee Kings Somborne
Littleton and HarestockLittleton local history groupAn active local history group
LockerleyLockerley village siteA brief history of the village with some interesting posts
LongparishLongparish village siteA brief history of the village with some interesting posts
Lower UphamSee Upham
Lower WieldSee Wield
Lymington Lymington and District Historical SocietyAn active local history society
Lymington St Barbe Museum and GalleryA super local museum that has a moden and dynamic feel and seeks to link all aspects of community history.
LyndhurstNew Forest heritage centre and museumSee New Forest
Mapledurwell Hampshire HarvestWritten by Robert Potter this book relives a life well spent in Hampshire in the area of Mapledurwell where the author's family lived for generations. I love this book with its descriptions of the landscape, fauna and flora of a much slower moving Hampshire.
Martyr WorthySee Abbotts Worthy
MedsteadMedstead village siteA brief history of the village
MicheldeverMicheldever village siteA super site with lots of fascinating village history to explore
MichelmershMichelmersh and Timsbury ParishA brief history of the village and some parish records to dive into
Milford-on-SeaMilford Village siteA brief history of the village
MiltonMilton Heritage SocietyAn active and interesting site with 2 guided walks to the area available to download.
MonkwoodSee Alresford
MottisfontMottisfont AbbeyNational Trust property with very beautiful gardens
Nately ScuresSee Mapledurwell
Nether WallopBritish History Online
NetleyNetley AbbeyAn English Heritage site. People have been visiting the ruins of Netley Abbey for over a hundred years. It is a beautiful and interesting place to visit on Southampton Water.
NetleyNetley Military HospitalThis village site has a wealth of information about the military hospital and cemetery
New ForestNew Forest Heritage CentreThe New Forest Heritage Centre has become better and better as they add to their remit. Discover landscape, cultural and historical heritage here. It really is the first port of call for all things New Forest.
New ForestExplorers HampshireWritten by Martin Thornhill and first published in 1952, this book takes us on a wander through various places in Hampshire but with a particular slant towards the New Forest.
Newton StaceySee Barton Stacey
North BaddesleyBritish History Online
North Waltham
North WarnboroughSee Odiham
NorthingtonThe GrangeVisit this English Heritage site to marvel at the architecture and enjoy the grounds of this magnificent house.
Nursling Nursling and Rownhams Local History GroupAn active local history group who are keen to make contact with those who have family history in the area
OdihamThe Odiham SocietyA super site with lovely photos show casing the history of Odiham and North Warnborough
Old BasingSee Basing
Old BurghclereSee Burghclere
OtterbourneSee Compton
Over Wallop
OvertonOverton BusinessA brief history of Overton
PamberSee Basingstoke
Penton GraftonSee Andover
Penton MewseySee Andover
PetersfieldLocal History SocietyA very active local history group whose depth of knowledge about the town is impressive. Works well with the Petersfield museum.
PetersfieldPetersfield MuseumA fresh look is coming as the museum expads into new premises. An exciting time for this historic market town.
PophamBritish History Online
PortchesterPorchester SocietyA friendly group who have some interesting views of Portchester via postcards.
PortsmouthThe Portsmouth SocietyAn active group seeking to make connections between all areas of Portsmouth's history.
PortsmouthMemorials and Monuments in PortsmouthA super site with lots of information about the many memorials scattered throughout the city.
PortsmouthFriends of Highlands Road CemeteryA must visit cemetery, the friends have produced a very helpful guide. Especially interesting to Charles Dickens fans
PortsmouthCharles Dickens BirthplaceA super small museum that captures Victorian Britain at the time Charles Dickens was born
PortsmouthMary Rose MuseumSuperlative. Fantastic day out part of the Historic Dockyard
PortsmouthD-Day StoryGreat museum, a unique display well put together and the Overlord tapestry one of the most moving pieces of art.
PortsmouthHistoric DockyardAn amazing collection of museums, the iron ship,Warrior, Nelson's Victory, the Mary Rose and much more.
PortsmouthPortsmouth in the PastOld book by William G. Gates. Notes and illustrations from the files of the Hampshire Telegraph with sketches by Michael Snape.ISBN 0 85409 7 44 9
PrivettSee Petersfield
QuarleyBritish History Online
RamsdeanSee East Meon
RingwoodRingwood town councilA brief history of Ringwood
RockbourneRockbourne Roman VillaVisit to see how the Romans lived in Hampshire. Plenty of activities to keep everyone busy
RomseyRomsey Local History SocietyA local history group simply bursting with energy but they do have some rather special history to hook up with. Talks, publications and projects to connect with
Romsey Romsey AbbeyA history of the beautiful abbey, worth a visit as is the market town of Romsey
RomseyThe Story of RomseyWritten by Phoebe Berrow, Barbara Burbridge and Pat Genge, is a lovely introduction to the rich heritage of Romsey.ISBN 0 86368 009 7
RopleySee Alresford
RotherwickBritish History Online
Rowlands CastleRowlands Castle Heritage CentreStill being developed but it aims to be a point of connection for all things historic in the area.
Rowlands CastleStanstead HouseA chance to visit an Edwardian house and its grounds.
RownerSee Southampton
RownhamsSee Nursling
SelborneThe Selborne SocietyConserving the area of Selborne and maintaining links with its heritage brought to us by naturalist, Gilbert White
SelborneGilbert White HouseA super place to visit with the Oates collection as well as the lovely gardens and magnificent scenery.
SelborneGilbert White and His RecordsWritten by Paul G.M Foster this book on White looks at his work as a scientist, an observer and at his work in this frame.ISBN 0 7470 1003 X
SheetSee Petersfield
Sherborne St JohnThe VyneNational Trust historic house. A fascinating building and lovely grounds
Sherfield on LoddonSherfield on Loddon Parish CouncilBrief history of the area
SilchesterRoman SilchesterRun by English Heritage, this site is a rare and fascinating look at Roman Britain in Hampshire.
SobertonSoberton and Newtown Local History SocietyAn active local history society
SopleyChristchurch History SocietyAlthough it is strictly now in Dorset, Christchurch was once part of Hampshire and so nuggets of historic information can be found here.
South TidworthSee Tidworth
South WarnboroughSouth Warnborough village siteA brief history of South Warnborough
South WonstonSee Wonston
SouthseaSee Portsmouth
SouthamptonHampshire Constabulary History SocietyFor anyone with ancestors in the police force this is a really interesting site and part of the Solent Sky Museum
SouthamptonSeaCity MuseumThe museum tells the history of the city and is a definite must for those with an interest in the Titanic story.
SouthamptonTudor House MuseumExperience the Tudor life in this historic building in the medieval merchant house
SouthamptonGod's House Tower MuseumAn ancient building and fantastic setting for an arts centre in the oldest part of Southampton
SouthamptonMedieval SouthamptonWritten by Colin Platt this is a fascinating book that explores through historical and archaeological evidence the Medieval history of Southampton, one of the most important ports in the country at the time along with London. Dip into it over and over again.
SteepSteep village siteAn active group who have been undertaking the mammoth task of transcription so it will be a useful source of information for all those with family connections to Steep.
SteventonSteventon village siteBrief history of Steventon village and its connection to Jane Austen
Stoke CharityBritish History Online
Stratfield SayeHistory of Stratfield Saye HouseA fascinating history of a house with connections to one of the most famous families in Britain.
StroudSee East Meon
StubbingtonStubbington and Hill Head History SocietyAn active local history group with some interesting projects and papers
Sutton ScotneySee Wonston
SwarratonBritish History Online
SydmontonSee Ecchinswell
TadleyTadley and District Historical SocietyAn active local history group with some interesting projects and images
ThruxtonThruxton Racing CircuitAnyone can visit Thruxton for the thrill of motor racing but it has a history all of its own.
TichborneTichborne Parish CouncilA brief history of the village of Tichborne
TidworthBritish History Online
TiptoeSee Milton
TimsburyBritish History Online
TitchfieldTitchfield History SocietyA superb local history site full of fascinating content for the local and family historian. A database of seachable wills is a great resource.
TitchfieldTitchfield a HistoryPrepared and written by members of the Titchfield History Society, it is filled with fascinating information about this lovely village.ISBN 0 9508131 1 7
TitchfieldTichfield AbbeyRun by English Heritage this is a wonderful place to visit and get swept up into some of the most interesting history in Hampshire.
Totton and ElingSee Eling
TuftonSee Whitchurch
TunworthBritish History online
TwyfordBritish History online
Up SomborneSee Kings Somborne
UphamUpham village siteA brief description of the history of Upham
Upper Clatford
Upper FroyleSee Froyle
Upper WieldBritish History Online
Vernham DeanVernhamDean village siteA brief history of Vernham Dean
WarblingtonSee Emsworth
WarsashWarsash Local History GroupWhat an amazing local history group. Not only do they have a very useful online site but they have opened their own heritage centre to house their archive collection - what an achievement!
WellowWellow History SocietyA local history group whose interests lie not just in Wellow but in the surrounding areas as well.
West TytherleySee East Tytheley
West WellowSee Wellow
WherwellWherwell and Chilbolton History GroupActive local history group with some interesting posts on the history of Wherwell and the surrounding area.
WhitchurchWhitchurch Local History Group
WhitchurchWhitchurch Silk MillAn industrial museum as beautiful in location and colour as it is in industrial history.
WickhamWickham History SocietyA super online site supports the interesting work of this group. The images alone are great
WinchesterWinchester County ArchivesFantastic amenity with very helpful staff but like all our archives under financial pressure to go along and use it and show how important it is to keep open access to all the wonderful documents that lie within.
WinchesterHampshire Archives TrustThe trust does a wonderful job supporting the work of archives big and small across Hampshire. They were responsible for setting up the Wessex Film and Sound Archive, a super collection of images of the county.
WinchesterWessex Film and Sound ArchiveAn incredible collection of Hampshire images, once used you will keep returning.
WinchesterWinchester CatherdralIn our opinion, the most beautifual cathedral in the world and fantastic value for money. Take a guided tour you won't regret it.
WinchesterWolvesey PalaceAn English Heritage site with one of the most impressive histories to tell. The ruins sit in the centre of Winchester and are delightful.
WinchesterWinchester City MuseumGreat museum telling the story of Winchester
WinchesterWinchester's Military MuseumsNo fewer than 6 military museums can be explored in the Winchester Military Qurater.
WinchesterWinchester Great HallNo visit to Winchester would be complete without a visit to the Round Table.
WinchfieldBritish History Online
WonstonWonston Parish CouncilA very good brief history of Wonston and Sutton Scotney
WoottonSee Milton
Wooton St LawrenceVillage siteUseful local history on the village site with some lovely old images.!
Worlds EndSee Hambledon
WymeringBritish History Online
YateleyYateley SocietyAn active and dynamic group seeking to build out a searchable database on the history of all things Yateley.
UKCommunity ArchivesPoints to community archive projects in the UK
HampshireHampshire Industrial Archaeology SocietyAll things on industrial heritage in Hampshire
HampshireHampshire Mills
HampshireTudor revelsSearchable records of trading in Medieval Southampton
HampshireHampshire Village BookWritten by Anthony Brode this is a delightful scamper through the villages of Hampshire with a paragraph on each visited.ISBN 0 905392 06X
HampshireStories of the SupernaturalWritten by Sonia Smith are a collection of tales told by people who either experienced them or had tales repeated to them.ISBN 978 1 84674 164 7
HampshireTales of Old HampshireWritten by Cecilia Millson this is a collection of tales from the county.ISBN 0 905392 05 1
HampshireWalks into HistoryWritten by Robert Wood this book is very satisfying to those of us who love to walk Hampshire's wonderful paths but with a purpose.ISBN 978 1 84674 139 5
HampshireIt Happened in HampshireA collection of facts, folklore and history compiled in the 1930's W.G Beddington and E. Christy members of the Hampshire Federation of Women's Institutes.
HampshireHampshire ChurchesWritten by Margaret Green. Full of fascinating research and maps, at times it can be tricky to find what you are looking for but it is a book you will return to again and again.

Hampshire History Resources Guide and Online Library

In 2020 we will be introducing a new and improved Hampshire History Resources Guide, currently circa 500 entries and growing. 

We are improving our technology with a view to making available more data and interactive content on Hampshire History. It is all part of a work in progress and here we are looking to reference a wide variety of resources not just on Hampshire overall but as specific as the place names in our Hampshire History Gazetteer, Historic Periods, Family Names, Posts and Data Projects. This is  a BETA release so we welcome feedback and additions. We will provide a form so you can make suggestions which we can then curate and add, as appropriate.




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