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.
Review of HGS Conference Day 2019
Review of HGS Conference Day 2019 Our third conference day was held on 15th June and was attended by 150 delegates. In the luxury of the Fair Oak Suite of the Macdonald Hotel and Spa, Botley, everyone took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
HGS Conference Day – Rosalind McCutcheon – Fact Sheet
The factsheet from Ros McCutcheon’s excellent talk at our recent Conference Day can be accessed via the following Link: Irish-Poor-Handout-June-2019-Ros-McCutcheon (1)
Wield village booklet now available
Wield, (VB103) is a small parish consisting of two settlements, Upper and Lower Wield, with Upper Wield being the principle one including the parish church. Wield is 6 miles west of Alton and 6 miles north-north-east of Alresford.
New Item in the Members Area
We are delighted to announce that we have a new set of data in our members area. The Muster Roll of the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment dated 1889, by kind permission of two of our members, Kay and Dave Lovell,
Wield MI Correction
As with all data that gets indexed or transcribed there is always the possibility that information can be misread due to bad handwriting or general aging. Whilst preparing information for the forthcoming village booklet on Wield I have found a prime example of this.