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local_library A Walk Through Southampton 1st Edition
A description of antiquities and un-noticed places around Southampton.
Sir Henry C Englefield   1801   98
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A Walk Through Southampton 1st Edition

An account of several curious remains of antiquity existing in the Town of Southampton, and which had either been totally unnoticed, or only very slightly mentioned, in the descriptions of that place hitherto published.

The author has ventured into the field of antiquarian research. But insists that: "not for a moment suppose that I aspire at the dignity of a historian of the place; a task for which neither my researches nor abilities have by any means qualified me".

Two major editions exist. This is the first edition.

local_library An Old Woman's Outlook In A Hampshire Village
A book of essays describing twelve months in Otterbourne, Hampshire in 1890.
Charlotte M Yonge   1892   345
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An Old Woman's Outlook In A Hampshire Village

An Old Woman's Outlook is a book of essays, one for each month of the year, on different aspects of life in Otterbourne in 1890, including the neighbouring parish of Hursley.

Sample: May Day 1890. Once boys in Devonshire were licensed to drench with water from cows' horns whoever did not wear a spray of maythorn. I can just remember a lady coming in, indignant and dripping. In Hampshire, however, it has often dwindled to small children wandering about with an untidy bunch of king-cups and cuckoo flowers at the end of a stick, quavering shrilly out "April's gone, May's come, Come and see our garland"

local_library Antiquarian And Topographical Sketches Of Hampshire
Antiquities and topography of Southern Hampshire in the late 19th Century.
Henry Moody   1846   437
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Antiquarian And Topographical Sketches Of Hampshire

A description of antiquities around Southern Hampshire and The New Forest dated 1846.

From the Author: "The following Sketches, which were originally written for, and appeared in the Hampshire Advertiser Newspaper, have assumed their present form in compliance with the expressed wishes of many of their readers. Since their first publication, they have been carefully revised, and extended, so as to embrace a notice of every parish within the limits of the county."

Hampshire, or, according to legal documents, the County ot Southampton, is the eighth of the counties of England in respect to extent, and fifteenth as regard population.

local_library Buy English Acres
Help and Advice to buying land at the turn of the twentieth century
William Andrews   1899   266
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Buy English Acres

This is the first and second editions combined. So has been extended from the original 55 pages to the complete work here of 266 pages.

From the author: In this small book I am making but brief references to a few points of interest to the general public touching the acquisition of land.

From the text: A purchaser of land has an object in his purchase. If he buys for income, he must not be too particular to insist on beauty; if he buys for occupation he must make the basis of value a correspondence between the advantages the property possesses, and his requirements. If he buys for speculation he must consider the prospective results by development whether it be in minerals, or ground rents, or anything else; but if he buys for luxury he must regard it then from an aesthetic standpoint.

local_library Bygone Hampshire
Hampshire and The New Forest described with historical context.
William Andrews   1899   266
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Bygone Hampshire

From the arthor: The county of Hants, at the earliest period of which any reliable records exist, was occupied by a Celtic tribe called by Roman writers the Belgae, who also possessed the counties of Wiltshire and Somersetshire. The greater part of the county was covered with trackless forests, in which herds of deer and wild hogs roamed, and was very thinly inhabited by the people who hunted them.

From the text: The New Forest - According to the perambulation made in the twenty-second year of the reign of Chartes II, the Forest extended from Godshill, on the north-west, to the sea, about twenty miles ; and from Hardley, on the east, to Ringwood. on the west, about fifteen miles, the entire area comprising ninety-two thousand three hundred and sixty-five acres.


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