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Hampshire Papers

Series 2 (Publication commenced in 2015):

Hampshire Papers Study Day, Thursday 21st March 2024

Hampshire Papers were published by the Hampshire Record Office between 1991 and 2010. In 2015 the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society launched a second series of Hampshire Papers. If you have an idea for an HP please contact Simon Sandall.

1. Florence Nightingale and her Hampshire connections. by Helen Betts

Florence Nightingale spent much of her first thirty-four years of life in Hampshire. She had a great fondness for the county and said: "I don't like being turned out of Hampshire" when Embley, the family home, was sold in 1896. Helen Betts explores how Florence was able to use her position and social connections in Hampshire to move in spheres generally regarded as off-limits for women in nineteenth-century England. Florence never lost her love for Hampshire and was actively involved in the development of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley and the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester. Her grave is at the tiny church of St Margaret of Antioch, East Wellow, where is it marked by a simple gravestone.

Hampshire Papers, Series 2, No. 1 (ISBN 978-0-907473-14-5)

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Florence Nightingale

2. Dr Joseph Stevens of St Mary Bourne. by John Isherwood

Joseph Stevens lived and worked as the village doctor in St. Mary Bourne, Hampshire from 1845 - 1879. He retired and moved to Reading to pursue his archaeological and natural history interests, and become the first curator of Reading Museum. John Isherwood traces his work in a poor rural parish over a period greatly changed by the Victorian public health reformers and legislation, but during a time when the transmission of diseases by germs was yet to be locally understood and medical interventions were often influenced by earlier beliefs. Stevens was remarkable not only for the improvements in the health of his patients that he was able to make with very limited resources, but also his understanding and encouragement that philanthropy in other fields, diet, housing, education and cleanliness, would also benefit his patients' health.

Hampshire Papers, Series 2, No. 2 (ISBN 978-0-907473-15-2)

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Dr Joseph Stevens

3. The Japanese Red Cross at Netley, 1915-1916. by Gordon Daniels - Watch the launch event on Solent News Video.

In 1914 the Japanese Government sent a party from the Japan Red Cross Society on a six month mission to Britain. The party of 20 female nurses, 2 highly qualified doctors, an interpreter and a secretary arrived in January 1915 to work at the newly constructed Red Cross Hospital at Netley. The mission’s work was highly valued and the British Government requested an extension of the mission’s stay. When they did leave at the end of 1915, all members received gifts from Queen Alexandra and the two doctors and the two chief nurses were decorated by King George V. 

Gordon Daniels, a leading scholar of modern Japan, makes full use of both Japanese and British primary and secondary sources, including several hitherto untranslated speeches made by the Japanese ambassador in 1914, to analyse the mission’s role as a part of Japan’s war time diplomacy, as well as its contribution to the British wartime medical services.

Hampshire Papers, Series 2, No 3 (ISBN 978-0-907473-16-9)

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The Japanese Red Cross at Netley

4. Thomas Micklam - Architect, Surveyor, Drainage Engineer, Councillor “Not quite a gentleman”? by Judith Martin

Architect, surveyor, latterly drainage engineer, even auctioneer, with no evidence of any official training in any of these, between about 1878 and 1893 Thomas Micklam built an astonishing number of low-key but nicely detailed ‘mechanics’’ houses across the whole of the city, as well as several small-scale industrial buildings, a handful of villas and a few extensions to earlier gentry houses, most of which survive, yet he remains almost entirely unknown.

Hampshire Papers, Series 2, No 4 ISBN 978-0-907473-1

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No 5. Jane Austen, Netley Abbey & Gothic Romanticism. by Simon Sandall, John Hare & Cheryl Butler

To commemorate Jane Austen’s bicentenary and the upcoming bicentenary of the publication of Northanger Abbey, this paper considers the significance of Netley Abbey as an inspiration for gothic novels. Following the example of the many nineteenth century guides to the Abbey, the paper will provide the reader with an overview of the historic development of the Abbey, its decline into a ruin, and its popularity as a destination for gothic tourism. A tale of ghosts, poetry and potted shrimp.

Hampshire Papers, Series 2, No 5 ISBN 978-0-907473-18-3

This volume was launched at the Netley Literary Festival on Saturday, 21st October 2017.

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Views of Netley Abbey

No 6. Squatters and Social Crime: Encroachments in the New Forest in the Eighteenth Century by Sylvia Crocker

This paper is concerned with the migration of people into the New Forest who settled as squatters on waste land – a long-established activity that had been tolerated for generations, but which became perceived as a major problem in the eighteenth century. Then in the nineteenth century it became a criminal act, enforced by legislation and liable to prosecution. This paper attempts to explain who these migrants were, when they came to settle in the New Forest, where they settled and why they came. It also analyses the issues – why migration became such a big issue in the eighteenth century, what the migrants were accused of, who were making the allegations and why. Lastly, it examines what action the government took and how it was finally resolved. A study of contemporary documents has revealed a fascinating story of illicit activity, corroboration, corruption, and scapegoating, all uncovered in an official investigation, resulting in wide-reaching legislation and prosecutions, but with surprising results.

Hampshire Papers, Series 2, No 6  ISBN 978-0-907473-19-0

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New Forest view

No 7. Candidates and Contests: Hampshire County Council Elections From 1889 to 1974 by Roger Ottewill

For Hampshire, like other counties, the introduction of representative democracy in the late 1880s was hailed as an event of considerable importance. Electoral competition was seen as a more appropriate method of determining who should govern the county than the system of appointed magistrates which it replaced. For many decades, however, contested county council elections were the exception rather than the rule. Consequently, the healthy test of direct contact between electors and elected, which had been anticipated, did not materialise. Nonetheless those contests which did take place offer some fascinating insights into a lost world of electioneering. It was only after the Second World War that competition became a more prominent feature of county council elections in Hampshire thanks to the increasing participation of political parties, initially Labour and subsequently Conservative and Liberal. This trend, however, led to a decline in the number of Independent councillors which some regretted. It also meant that the principal determinant of the outcome of elections was the standing of the parties nationally as opposed to their performance locally. Moreover, party politicisation was accompanied by a fall in the turnout, another cause for concern.

Hampshire Papers, Series 2, No 7 ISBN 978-0-907473-21-3

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Winchester County Council Buildings

No 8: Memories of the Mayflower in Southampton, by Tom Hulme

Many villages, towns and cities in England are proud of their connection to the Mayflower whether because they were the original home of a Pilgrim, or a port of departure for the ship. Southampton, from where the Mayflower first attempted to reach the Colony of Virginia, is one such place. In this article, Dr Tom Hulme traces the romantic afterlife of the voyage in the city all the way from the mid-19th century to the present day. In Victorian paintings, Edwardian monuments, post-World War One re-enactments, and 1970s commemorations, the story of the Mayflower captured the imagination of both Sotonians and many visitors too. Tied up in this cultural memory was not just a rumination on historical events of long ago, however, but understandings of the very identity of contemporary Southampton itself.

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Mayflower re-enactors
No 9: Huguenots, Apothecaries, Gardeners and Squires: The Garniers of Rookesbury, Hampshire by Rosemary Baird Andreae

Although for many years well-known as a school, the longer history of the handsome Greek Revival house now called Rookesbury Park at Wickham is only now being told. As Huguenots, the first members of the Garnier family to come to England proved themselves as diligent professional apothecaries. In the eighteenth century they acquired through marriage a house and fields at Wickham, buying remarkable paintings and creating landscape gardens in the latest mode. Due to the two George Garniers, father and son, their property holdings expanded into a considerable estate. In the early nineteenth century the Revd William Garnier built the great Greek Revival house at Rookesbury, now still in family hands. Meanwhile his brother the Very Revd Thomas Garnier cut a dash as Dean of Winchester and celebrated gardener. 

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Column in Rookesbury Park at Wickham
No 10: Henry VIII’s First French War and the Surgeons appointed to his ‘Army by Sea’ in 1513 by Diane Budden<

This paper investigates one of the first attempts in England of naval medical provision.  Better known by contemporaries as the ‘army by sea’, the Exchequer Accounts identify the surgeons who were assigned and appointed to serve onboard ships in Henry VIII’s fleet in 1513. Attention is given to the number of surgeons, their qualification, time of service and the wages paid to them between March and the end of September. Cross-referencing the information from the Exchequer accounts with letters and state papers allows the ships and the number of men, who served on them, to be identified.  Literacy amongst the surgeons during this period is also considered by examining the signatures and marks made by the surgeons on collection of their wages.

Hampshire Papers, Series 2, No 10 ISBN  978-0-907473-24-4

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Tudor Warship

The new series is in the same format as the first series: A4 size, printed on glossy paper and, when possible, abundantly illustrated. The first volumes, see above, are priced at £8 a copy, with a £2 discount for members of the Hampshire Field Club; there will be a £3 charge for postage; to confirm availability at future events please email Julia Sandison.

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