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Hamble Village Walk 2014

Hamble village was the location of HGS Fair Oak group’s guided walk in June 2014. Their guide, Eric Reed, disclosed fascinating evidence of Hamble’s aviation and shipbuilding history at every turn. HGS Fair Oak Group set out for their annual guided walk, this time to Hamble village, led by regular guide and fellow HGS member […]

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.

Hampshire Children in Manchester Cotton Mill

What happened to these pauper children who were sent from Alverstoke workhouse as Manchester cotton mill apprentices ?

English man dies in Newburgh New York – 1850

The death was reported in 1850 in Portsmouth local newspaper of George Burton, an English immigrant living in New York. So, who was George Frederick Burton?

Family Tragedy in 19th Century East Tisted

See how HGS resources were used to research the EAMES family of East Tisted who were affected by a series of tragic events that began in 1810.

Punishment in Hampshire Quarter Session Courts – 1800

Criminals were often sentenced to whipping in Hampshire Quarter Sessions courts. Here are some examples from the 1800s.

Portsmouth Couple Married in India – 1899

A couple from Portsmouth married in Bombay in 1899. The announcement was in a Hampshire newspaper nearly three months later. Who were they and why were they in India?

Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Portsmouth & Southampton Memorials

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have erected new plaques at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Harry Selfridge and Highcliffe Hampshire

The Selfridge family had a very interesting connection to the county of Hampshire that family historians will find intriguing.

A Hampshire Picture Mystery

Hampshire family history society, the HGS, would like help in tracking down the whereabouts of a picture, painted at the turn of the C20th of Middle Farm Havant.

The Hampshire Rose – Origins

Just what is the origin of the Hampshire Rose – many theories abound, from the time of King Arthur’s round table to a link with Lancaster.

A Delightful WWI Artefact

WWI artefacts include personal letters, messages, and embroidered gifts made by Belgian and French women sent home from the front by our soldiers.

Palmerston’s Folly – The Story of Portsmouth’s Forts

Several generations of Portsmouth people have given the nickname ‘Palmerston’s Folly’ to the Victorian forts on Portsdown Hill.
The forts are on the crest of the hill, overlooking Portsmouth and it’s harbour. When and why were they built?

A Short Tour of Historic Winchester

Winchester has such a long and varied history, it would be difficult to mention it all in one short article. I would like to lead you on a walk round this ancient city, that during its history has been the capital of Wessex, the capital of England, and the seat of Parliament.

Victorian Baby Farming

Baby farming was a horrific Victorian practice which took advantage of mothers unable to care for their children and desperate to give them a better life.

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Old Alresford village booklet now available

Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]


Knowle War Memorial

Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]


Free Data in the Members’ Area

For some time HGS has had the intention of making some of its large collection of Family History data available to members in the Members’ Area of our website. With the development of our website we have now been able to begin this process and the first set to be introduced is of various ‘small churchyards’ […]


RIP Private Herbert Frank French

Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]


Can you help

 We have recently been passed a copy of a photograph with a request for more information, maybe the location or the purpose. A comment with the photo says that the men were in training but didn’t say what for. 


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