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Portsmouth Police Gas Explosion in 1855

This account of an explosion in a Portsmouth dockyard police station in 1855 should serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers of mixing gas with a naked flame.

Who was Sweet Fanny Adams?

The phrase ‘sweet Fanny Adams’ is still used today, but where did it originate? The story of the brutal murder of 8 year old Fanny from Alton is told here by a descendant of one of Fanny’s cousins.

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court

After the Napoleonic wars many suffered hardship that often resulted in lawbreaking and people being taken to court. William ATRELL and John CHAMBERLAIN were two such cases reported in the Hampshire Telegraph in 1817.

Useful Family Tree Information from Portsea Will

Family trees can benefit greatly from genealogical information contained in wills.

This Portsea Will of John BIGGNALL written on 8 February 1684 is a good example, with the large number of names and relationships of the beneficiaries he included.

Solent Tragedy of Gosport Men 1810

An 1810 Hampshire newspaper carried an appeal for information by the wives of two Gosport men who drowned in a Solent tragedy. Who were these men?

Italian Immigrants in 1861 Hampshire

Could your Italian ancestors be among the immigrant musicians and entertainers residing in C19th Portsmouth? Use National Archive records to trace them.

Early Cremation of a Portsmouth Man 1900

In 1900 the body of a Portsmouth man was taken to Woking by train to be cremated in the first crematorium in the country.

Memories of World War Two Southampton

Childhood Memories of World War Two Southampton, Thornhill, Romsey, daytime dogfights and sleeping in a Morrison Shelter.

Destitute Woman Transported by Portsmouth Court – 1810

This destitute Portsmouth woman stole and sold a coat and was punished with seven years transportation.

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Don’t Always Believe It Update

Duplicate entries in parish registers Resulting from an enquiry recently received in the Research Center a very good example of duplicate entries in registers was found in Nutley and Preston Candover. Admittedly the Nutley entries at that time were all extracted from the Bishops Transcripts but it could be expected that these were only copies […]


Poor Law Union Gazette – 1

Poor Law Union Gazette – 1 Newspapers are a very good source of information on some of our ancestors but they rarely give such detailed information on individuals as that found in the Poor Law Union Gazette. If an ancestor had absconded without paying for the care of his family and left them chargeable to […]


Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz

Paul Pinhorne, Mary Baldwin and Michael Jenkinson, members of the HGS Ringwood Group took part in the Ringwood Community Centre Annual Quiz last month. The team has won their first match 28-6 against the Anglo-Italian Society. They go through to the final night on 26th March. Can they improve on their runner-up position from last […]


Why Go to a HGS Group Meeting?

So why would you want to get up out of your armchair and drag yourself away from your computer to attend a HGS meeting …? There are 13 HGS groups which currently meet monthly at venues around the county: Afternoon Group / Alton / Andover / Basingstoke / Fair Oak / Fareham / Fleet & Farnborough / Gosport / New Milton & […]


Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum

Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum In the 1840s there was a legal requirement for every county to have its own asylum, the result being that Hampshire purchased the land at Knowle Farm near Fareham in order to construct the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum.


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