In the North Country…

We have some beautiful countryside and many historic sites around us in the north of Hampshire. The same might be said of the county as a whole, but the ‘North’ often gets overlooked, unfairly in my view, for the coastal ports and
the New Forest in the south.

I wanted to combine my interests of history, cartography,
photography (and walking) to share with you the things around us and some things that may get missed. And after 15 years of living near Basingstoke, I’m still finding out amazing things about the area!

The Romans left their mark, but the history can be traced back much further… Ancient trackways crossed the area, battle(s) against the Danes have left their legacy in some
of the village names. Winchester was the ancient capital and much of the land had connections to long lost Royal Forests. Then there’s Cromwell’s bloody siege at Basing House, during the civil war for starters. Oh, and Jane Austen was a local girl…

The area has its own industrial heritage, often an important link between the ports and London. We can seen numerous examples of private houses the gentry built and obtained, their residences less than a days ride from London, (and later reduced by rail connections), attracted such as the Prince Regent in the late 18th Century, for a location in the country.

We’re going to see some changes, with more development planned and already visible signs of history are getting lost under the concrete. I hope I can shed some light for you on some of the past stories. If I can bring some of these details to your attention, all the better –  Then I’ll try and point you in the right direction, if you want more information from the sources who have really looked into this stuff…

I hope you enjoy reading and exploring – let me know…

yours Mapsmith.




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