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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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Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI)

Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI) Wills can be a wonderful source of information for family historians. The WBI, centred on Hampshire, contains the names of people that have been extracted by volunteers from many of the wills that are held in the HRO.


Poor Law Union Gazette – 2

Another interesting entry appeared in the Poor Law Union Gazette on 25 April 1857 naming Lewis POSNER, formerly of Southampton, who the Southampton Union would like to get their hands on.


East Tisted village booklet now available

East Tisted, (VB098) is located on the A32 that runs south from Alton which is 4 miles to the north. Rotherfield Park and its associated estate is in the western part of the parish and covers 432 acres which includes 14 acres of garden and 62 acres of ornamental woodland.


Winchester Independent Register – RG4-726

The registers for the Independent Chapel start in 1716 and many entries contain useful details. The spelling of the names written here are exactly as they were written into the register.  Different ministers conducting the baptisms decided to record different items of information in addition to the dates and names. 


Over Wallop village booklet now available

Over Wallop, once also known as Upper Wallop, (VB097) is located west of the A343 with the B3084 running through the Wallop valley from south-east to north-west.  The Wallop Brook rises in the parish and flows south-east.  The hamlet of Palestine is in the north


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