Hampshire Treasures Online
Hampshire County Council decided to undertake a survey to form a single record of treasures to be found throughout Hampshire so that the effects of both time and of development could be known and assessed. A Hampshire Treasure is defined thus:
Those natural or man made features of the county which are of public interest by reason of their aesthetic, archaeological, historic, scenic, scientific, sociological or traditional interest, and whose deterioration or destruction would represent a serious loss to our heritage.
The lists of treasures including sites, features and buildings which already have some form of protection by law - a summary of the main categories protected and the legislation protecting them is available. The degree of protection afforded under these Acts varies. In addition to these protected items the survey also lists many items judged by local people to be of special interest in the locality. It not only gives to the County and District Councils a record of this local judgement, but it makes available to everyone in Hampshire a guide, by local people, to their own parishes.
The Hampshire Treasures is an informative overview of some of Hampshire's heritage assets; however, a more up to date and definitive list can be found on the Hampshire County Council Archaeology & Historic Buildings Record (AHBR). The AHBR is a database of the known archaeological sites & finds, historic buildings, place-names, historic parks & gardens and maritime sites in Hampshire, including those sites that have been nationally designated. It is the primary evidence base for planning applications, academic research and public interest for the County and can be accessed online from the Historic Environment webpages.
You might be interested in the architectural merits of a particular building. A search on Fairfield Terrace, Havant would tell you about a remarkable terrace of houses that are "architecturally exuberant and eccentric". The full entry is detailed and interesting to read.
Alternatively, you might be interested in historical or literary associations. Hampshire Treasures even contains these. How many people know that the famous Lady Godiva - who in the 11th century, according to English folklore, rode naked through the streets of Coventry on horseback - once owned Fifehead Manor in Nether Wallop (long before the present 15th/16th century building was erected) - and this was probably also her birthplace? Fifehead Manor is now a hotel where you can stay, hold a business conference or just enjoy a meal in historic surroundings.
If you decide to visit one of the many buildings listed on the Hampshire Treasures pages, please remember that they are could be private dwellings and that the occupants privacy should be respected.
Please read our explanatory notes for more information on why Hampshire Treasures was compiled, clarification of the Classifications used and details of the principal organisations involved in completing the Hampshire Treasures project.
|Volume 1||Winchester District (excluding City)||Volume 8||Test Valley North|
|Volume 2||Basingstoke and Deane||Volume 9||Test Valley South|
|Volume 3||Hart and Rushmoor||Volume 10||Fareham|
|Volume 4||Winchester City||Volume 11||Portsmouth|
|Volume 5||The New Forest||Volume 12||Gosport|
|Volume 6||East Hampshire||Volume 13||Eastleigh|
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