Explore registers and records from the English southern coast county of Hampshire.
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This collection currently holds three titles:
Highways And Byways In Hampshire – Published in 1919, written by D H Moutray Read and illustrated by Arthur B Connor. Moutray Read begins his preface with the following; ‘Let it be said at the outset this book is merely an introduction to Hampshire. It does not aspire to be either a guide book or history of the county. Infinitely more has been left out than is even remotely referred to, nor, with one exception, can any rule or method be claimed for my gossip. Hampshire to me is a bundle of memories, all colourful, and few but have a setting of sun-washed landscapes, sweet scents, and bird melodies’.
Memorials Of Christchurch-Twynhamm Hants, Past And Present – Published in 1883 this is the third edition that was written by the late Mackenzie E C Walcott. As quoted in the book by Walcott ‘I have drawn up the following pages for the convenience of the inhabitants and visitors to the town. It has been my endeavour to give an intelligible account of a Church with which I have been familiar from my childhood, and many touching memories are associated’.
Winchester: Its History, Buildings and People – Published in 1921 this the second and revised edition of the publication. The preface to the second edition starts ‘The first edition of this book being exhausted, it seems high time that another should be issued; for no rival has appeared to take its place’.
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