Hampshire - Main Page
Historic County of England
- Administrative head quarters Winchester
- County Flower Tudor Rose/ Dog Rose
- People from Hampshire are called ?
Sotonian,is what the people of Southampton are called, was made up by a local newspaper to make it easier than putting "Southamptonians."
- Famous for:
- Cowes Week - one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world.
- Places of Interest
- Portchester Castle
- Portsmouth Historical Dockyard
Hampshire (sometimes Hants.) is a county on the southern coast of England. The abbreviated Hants is derived from the Old English Hantum plus Scir (meaning a district governed from the settlement now known as Southampton) and the Anglo-Saxons called it Hamtunschire. At the time of the Domesday Book (1086) this was compressed to Hantescire.
The county town of Hampshire is Winchester, the former capital city of England. Hampshire is the most populous ceremonial county in the United Kingdom outside the metropolitan counties such as the West Midlands.
Hampshire is notable for housing the birthplaces of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force. The ceremonial county is bordered by Dorset to the west, Wiltshire to the north-west, Berkshire to the north, Surrey to the north-east, and West Sussex to the east. The southern boundary is the coastline of the English Channel and the Solent, facing the Isle of Wight.
Hampshire is the largest county in South East England and the third largest shire county in the United Kingdom although it lost a lot of land during the Local Government Act 1972 boundary changes. At its greatest size in 1889, Hampshire was the fifth largest county in England. It now has an overall area of 3,700 square kilometres (1,400 sq mi), and measures approximately 86 kilometres (53 mi) east–west and 76 kilometres (47 mi) north–south. Reference Old Hampshire Mapped.
Hampshire's tourist attractions include many seaside resorts, the motor museum at Beaulieu, with national parks in both New Forest and the South Downs (covering some 45% of the county). Hampshire has a long maritime history and two of England's largest ports, Portsmouth and Southampton, lie on its coast.
Many rural areas of Hampshire have traditionally relied on agriculture, though the county was less agricultural than most surrounding counties, and was mostly concentrated on dairy farming. The significance of agriculture as an employer and wealth creator has declined since the first half of the 20th century and agriculture currently employs 1.32% of the population.
The Districts of Hampshire
- East Hampshire
- Basingstoke and Deane
- Test Valley
- New Forest
- Southampton (Unitary)
- Portsmouth (Unitary)
Cities and Towns by population size: (2001 census)
- Southampton – 244,224
- Portsmouth – 207,100
- Basingstoke – 90,171 (town), 152,573 (borough)
- Gosport – 69,348 (town), 77,000 (borough)
- Waterlooville – 63,558
- Aldershot – 58,120
- Farnborough – 57,147
- Fareham/Portchester – 56,010 (town), 109,619 (borough)
- Eastleigh – 52,894 (town), 116,177 (borough)
- Andover – 52,000
- Havant – 45,435 (town), 115,300 (borough)
- Winchester – 41,420 (town), 116,600 (district)
- Fleet – 32,726
For the complete list of settlements see List of places in Hampshire.
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from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.
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- http://www.memorials.inportsmouth.co.uk/index.htm Memorials and Monuments in Portsmouth includes the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and Portsmouth WW2 Memorial.
- http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Hampshire/ Hampshire Roll of Honour
- http://www.memorials.inportsmouth.co.uk/vc/index.htm The Victoria Cross Awarded to Men of Portsmouth 'FOR VALOUR'