Hampshire Treasures Online Notes on the Treasures

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Origins of the Survey

The Survey springs out of the two "Countryside in 1970" conferences called on the Duke of Edinburgh's initiative in November 1963 and 1965. It became clear in the course of these conferences that many organisations were studying various aspects of human impact on the countryside without any form of liaison between them. One way of improving this liaison was seen to be the creation of a single record of all the "Treasures", county by county, so that the effects both of time and development could be known and assessed.

The Survey in Hampshire

Hampshire County Council decided to begin a Treasures Survey and during 1967-68 a pilot survey was started in the then Petersfield Urban and Rural Districts. Subsequently, the work was developed as a joint project between the County Planning Department and the Hampshire Council of Community Service. The survey work was carried out by volunteer Field Correspondents, recruited in the rural districts through the parish councils; through its contacts with the parish councils the Council of Community Service was particularly helpful in ensuring co-operation. The survey material was transferred, in the County Planning Department, onto draft lists, which were used to prepare the draft reports.

It was the revision of these draft reports which led to the publication of the "Hampshire Volumes", containing definitive lists of treasures within each of the county's districts, between 1979 and 1986.

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Hampshire Treasures Classifications

Group A Natural Features - such as trees, fine views, nature reserves, ponds, etc.
Group B Archaeological - sites and remains including:
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Stone Age
  • Bronze Age
  • Iron Age
  • Roman
  • Dark Age
Group C Footpaths and Bridleways - including old travel ways
Group D Buildings, Monuments and Engineering Works
Group E Street Patterns, Street Furniture and Open Spaces
Group F Historical or Literary Associations

Notes on Classification

  1. Treasures are listed parish by parish.
  2. Within each parish, Treasures are classified according to the list set out above.
  3. Treasures are normally listed in chronological order where the age is known.
  4. Location is given, usually by the name of the property (at the time of survey) or feature; always by Ordnance Survey grid reference.
  5. Grid references are generally six figure and may be read off all Ordnance Survey scales down to 1 inch=1 mile.
  6. Many of the archaeological entries are taken from the records of the Ordnance Survey and will, as a rule, be recorded on the 6 inches to 1 mile map series (1:12,500).


Without a great deal of help, both from private individuals voluntarily given, or from public authorities freely made available, preparation of these volumes would not have been possible.

Hampshire County Council wishes to acknowledge particularly the help and valuable advice of all parish, borough, district and city councils, the Ordnance Survey, the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England, the Department of the Environment, and local history societies in each district surveyed.


Please note that although the Hampshire Treasures is a useful source of heritage information, it should be borne in mind that the information was collected by local volunteer correspondents and so may vary in quantity and quality across the county. Likewise we are aware that some of the national grid references given are quite generalised. The information was collected quite some time ago now, the majority of the volumes being published in the early 1980s, and so should in no way be regarded as complete or up-to-date.

The Hampshire Treasures Collection on Hantsweb will continue to evolve. If you have any ideas or suggestions for possible interpretation of the Collection, do please let us know. Send e-mail to hantsweb@hants.gov.uk.