By day I’m a graphic designer. Away from work my interests include history, cartography, photography and walking. I want to combine these and share with you the sites and things that may get missed. After 15 years of living in the North Hampshire area, I’m still finding out what I think are amazing things about this place!

One of the best things about living in and around Basingstoke is the beautiful countryside around it – everything is easily accessible to get to. Great to walk in
and cycle.

Some of the surrounding villages have stories that should be known. We’ve had The Romans, The Battle(s) against the Danes, Royal Forests, Cromwell’s Siege at Basing House during the civil war for starters. There have also have been private houses where the gentry had their residences not too far from London, such as the Prince Regent in the late 18th Century at Kempshott, Oh and Jane Austen was a local girl…

We’re going to see some changes, with more building 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 ‘gems’ 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… So let’s get started!




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