Status: Complete but undergoing revision, 5 volumes published 1900-1912. Three 'Shorts' published 2012-2018

Hampshire Volume I was the very first VCH red volume to be completed, published on 1st January 1900.  The county set was completed in four further volumes published in 1903, 1905, 1911 and 1912.

Nearly a century after the county was completed in 2007, a group of interested organizations came together to seek to revise and update the VCH Hampshire volumes. These partners included Hampshire County Council, the Hampshire Archives Trust, the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society, and the University of Winchester.  The new VCH Hampshire intends to update the original volumes and add topics including local government, public services, economy and society, migration, sport and recreation. The first three volumes of the new series will be about Basingstoke and its surrounding area.


BASINGSTOKE: A MEDIEVAL TOWN, c. 1000- c.1600 by John Hare has just been published (January 2018) as Hampshire's third short. Basingstoke, a very modern town, has a long, rich and prosperous history. It was a significant market centre for the area around, and a stopping place on the route to London from the west. By 1500 it was clearly the third most important town in Hampshire, and the centre of a major industrial area, whose manufactured cloths formed part of international patterns of trade. Much of the old town has been swept away by the shopping centre, but something of this town survives in the streets and market place of the upper town, in a few surviving buildings and above all in its magnificent church. The book examines these as well as the families, whether outsiders or locals, who made the most   of the new thriving economic conditions, and whose dynamism helped create the town’s expansion.

Copies can be purchased from Dr Jean Morrin, 23 West Road, Emsworth, PO10 7JT. Price £12 plus £2 P&P. Cheques for £14 should be made out to Hampshire Archives Trust (VCH project)

Steventon. Hampshire's second 'Short', was published in June 2016. Steventon, a chalkland village near Basingstoke, is best known because Jane Austen, the famous novelist and daughter of the local rector spent the first 25 years of her life there. This new history explains how family life and observation shaped her early literary career. She wrote early versions of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey in Steventon. But the village has a rich history before and after the famous novelist. Read about the scandalous landlord who was driven out of the village by his son and excommunicated by the archbishop of Canterbury.

Copies can be purchased directly from Dr Jean Morrin, 23 West Road, Emsworth, PO10 7JT. Price £12 plus £2 P&P. Cheques for £14 should be made out to Hampshire Archives Trust (VCH Project). Alternatively, copies may be purchased directly from the School of Advanced Study by following this link, or as an ebook, via Amazon.

The first parish history published by the New Victoria History of Hampshire group.

Mapledurwell, published December 2012, demonstrates how good parish histories have been transformed since the first VCH account published in 1911. This new history includes much more about the village itself and about its economy and society, highlighting the lives of ordinary people as well as tracing those who owned the parish's land and property. It discusses Quakers and Congregationalists as well as the congregation of the established church, and looks minutely at the history of elementary education revealing the appalling sanitary conditions suffered by pupils at the local school.

Mapledurwell is typical of many Hampshire downland parishes in which the present-day landscape reflects an earlier open-field system. Its village recorded in Domesday Book, is rural and picturesque with many attractive timber-framed cottages, the oldest of which dates from the 15th century. Corpus Christi College, Oxford, has been lord of the manor for over 500 years and research in their excellent archives has enhanced this study.

Copies can be purchased directly from Dr Jean Morrin. 23 West Road, Emsworth, PO10 7JT. Price £7 plus £2 P&P. Cheques for £9 should be made out to Hampshire Archives Trust. Alternatively copies may be purchased directly from the School of Advanced Study (print or digital) or for Kindle via Amazon.


Imprint page of Hampshire Vol I
H. Arthur Doubleday
Jan 1900
Hampshire Vol II
H. Arthur Doubleday
Jan 1903
Hampshire Vol III
William Page
Jan 1905
Hampshire Vol IV
William Page
Jan 1911
Hampshire Vol V
William Page
Jan 1912

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Work in progress

This section is the work of Jennie Butler, Bob Clarke, John Hare, Derek Spruce a...
This is a draft text which will be updated before publication.
Inns and breweries in the early modern and modern period played an important rol...
Old Basing is a large village, situated just east of Basingstoke. It is famous f...
Herriard parish lies east of Basingstoke. It includes the hamlet of Southrope. M...