15 Facts About Hampshire

Here’s another little series of blog posts.  Something to keep you all going, and so that Vegas seems so much more exciting when I start blogging about that!

1) Hampshire is the birthplace of the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force

2) It is the home of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, as well as the birthplace of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

3) The area is believed to have been occupied since the end of the last ice age (12,000 BP)

4) The very first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet” was written here in Hampshire – in Southsea

5) Hampshire is home to the famous New Forest and its ponies

6) More famous births in Hampshire include Mandy Moore, Amanda Holden, Colin Firth, Dan Brown, Peter Sellers and Neil Gaiman

7) There were famous deaths here too, including J R R Tolkien and Mary Shelley

8) Hampshire is home of the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior

9) Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe

10) Winchester Cathedral has the longest nave and overall length of all the Gothic cathedrals in Europe

11) Winchester Castle houses King Arthur’s round table

12) We also have Paulton’s Park – a cute little theme park which is home to Peppa Pig World

13) And then there’s Beaulieu – named Best Large Visitor Attraction 2013 by VisitEngland

14) Beaulieu motor museum has the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles in the world

15) Marwell Wildlife (previously known as a zoo) has over 1200 animals, including the largest collection of ungulates in a UK zoo

About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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