top of page

Some Fascinating Facts about Hampshire, UK: A County Rich in History, Culture and Nature


Agata Business Services is delighted to be based in Fleet, Hampshire, and we wanted to share with you some interesting facts about the county of Hampshire that we are proud to be based in. Some you may be familiar with, but have a look at the list to see how many facts you already knew.

  1. Hampshire is a county located on the southern coast of England.

  2. Its county town is Winchester.

  3. Hampshire is the largest county in South East England.

  4. The county is known for its beautiful countryside and coastal towns.

  5. Hampshire is home to the New Forest, a large area of protected heathland, forest, and grassland.

  6. Portsmouth, located in Hampshire, is home to the Royal Navy's main base, HMNB Portsmouth.

  7. The famous ship HMS Victory, which was Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, is on display in Portsmouth.

  8. Hampshire has a long history, with many Roman and Saxon sites throughout the county.

  9. The county is also home to several medieval castles, including the Norman-era Wolvesey Castle in Winchester.

  10. Hampshire is home to three universities, the University of Southampton, the University of Portsmouth, and the University of Winchester.

  11. The county is known for its maritime history and is home to several museums and attractions related to this history, including the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

  12. Hampshire is also known for its literary heritage, with famous writers such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens having lived in the county.

  13. Hampshire is home to several large businesses, including the defense company BAE Systems, which has its maritime division based in Portsmouth.

  14. The county is also home to several technology companies, including the software company IBM Hursley.

  15. Hampshire has a rich agricultural history and is known for its production of fruits and vegetables, particularly apples and tomatoes.

  16. The county is also home to several vineyards and produces a variety of wines.

  17. Hampshire has several notable parks and gardens, including the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, which has a facility in Winchester.

  18. Hampshire has a rich cultural heritage and is home to several festivals and events throughout the year, including the Winchester Festival and the New Forest Folk Festival.

  19. Hampshire is home to several historic houses and estates, including the 17th century palace of King Charles II, Palace House, Beaulieu.

  20. Hampshire is home to several protected areas, including the South Downs National Park and the New Forest National Park.

  21. The county has a diverse range of wildlife, including the New Forest pony and the protected heathland bird, the Dartford warbler.

  22. Hampshire is home to several large-scale events and festivals, including the Isle of Wight Festival and the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth.

  23. The county is home to several notable sports teams, including Southampton Football Club and Portsmouth Football Club.

  24. Hampshire has a rich history of aviation, with the first powered flight in the UK taking place in Farnborough, Hampshire in 1908.

  25. The county is home to several historic churches and cathedrals, including Winchester Cathedral, which is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe.

  26. Hampshire has a rich maritime history, with several historic ships, including the Mary Rose, on display in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

  27. The county is home to several notable museums, including the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and the Submarine Museum in Gosport.

  28. Hampshire has a diverse range of cuisine, with a mix of traditional English and international options, including seafood from the coast and locally produced meats and cheeses.

  29. Hampshire is home to several notable literary figures, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, who lived in the county for several years.

  30. Hampshire has a strong military history, with several army bases located throughout the county, including Aldershot and Middle Wallop.

  31. The county has a rich history of art and culture, with several notable museums and art galleries, including the Turner Contemporary in Portsmouth.

  32. Hampshire has several historic market towns, including Alresford and Petersfield, which are known for their independent shops and local produce.

  33. The county is home to several notable gardens and arboretums, including the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and the Exbury Gardens.

  34. The county is home to several notable literary figures, including Jane Austen, who lived in the county for most of her life and set several of her novels in Hampshire.

  35. Hampshire has a rich history of maritime trade, with the port of Southampton being one of the busiest ports in Europe in the 19th and early 20th century.

  36. The county is home to several notable historical figures, including King Alfred the Great, who is buried in Winchester.

  37. Hampshire has a rich history of brewing, with several traditional and microbreweries throughout the county.

  38. The county is home to several notable film and television productions, including the BBC's popular series "Sherlock" and "Warhorse" movie.

  39. Hampshire has a rich history of Roman settlement, with several Roman villas and towns located throughout the county, including the remains of the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, or Silchester.

  40. The county has a strong tradition of folk music and is home to several folk festivals, including the Basingstoke Folk Festival.

  41. Hampshire has a rich history of industry, with several notable factories and industrial sites, including the former Royal Navy armaments depot at Priddy's Hard in Gosport.

  42. The county is home to several notable sports clubs, including the Hampshire County Cricket Club and the Hampshire Rugby Football Union.

  43. Hampshire has a diverse range of landscapes, including rolling hills and downs, heathlands, and coastal cliffs.

  44. The county is home to several notable scientific institutions, including the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

  45. Hampshire has a rich history of aviation, with several historic airfields and airports, including the Royal Air Force base at RAF Odiham.

  46. The county is home to several notable literary figures, including the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who lived in the county for several years.

  47. Hampshire has a rich history of shipbuilding, with several historic shipyards, including the former naval dockyard at Portsmouth.

  48. The county is home to several notable natural landmarks, including the Needles, a group of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise out of the sea off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight.

  49. The county is home to several notable historic houses, including Hinton Ampner, a National Trust property.

  50. Hampshire has a rich history of transportation, with several historic train lines, including the Watercress Line, a heritage railway.

  51. The county is home to several notable museums, including the Hampshire Cultural Trust, which operates several museums and heritage sites throughout the county.

  52. Hampshire has a rich history of brewing and distilling, with several notable breweries, distilleries and vineyards throughout the county.

  53. The county is home to several notable shopping destinations, including the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre in Portsmouth.

  54. Hampshire has a rich history of agriculture, with several notable farms and market gardens throughout the county.

  55. The county is home to several notable sporting events, including the Southampton Boat Show and the Bournemouth Air Festival.

  56. Hampshire has a rich history of maritime trade and exploration, with several notable explorers having connections to the county, including Captain James Cook, who was born in Marton, Yorkshire but spent most of his career working in and around Portsmouth.

  57. The county is home to several notable film locations, including the medieval castle of Hurst, which has been used as a filming location for several movies and TV series.

  58. Hampshire has a rich history of horse racing, with several notable racecourses, including the Goodwood Racecourse.

  59. The county is home to several notable parks and open spaces, including the Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

  60. Hampshire has a rich history of fashion and textile production, with several notable textile mills and fashion designers having connections to the county.

  61. The county is home to several notable architectural buildings, including the Royal Opera House in Portsmouth, which is one of the oldest operatic venues in the UK.

  62. Hampshire has a rich history of science and innovation, with several notable scientists and inventors having connections to the county, including Michael Faraday who was born in Newington Butts, London but spent much of his life in Hampshire.

  63. The county is home to several notable monuments and statues, including the statue of King Alfred the Great in Winchester.

  64. Hampshire has a rich history of international trade and commerce, with several notable merchants and trading companies having connections to the county.

  65. The county is home to several notable castles and fortifications, including Portchester Castle, a well-preserved Roman fortification that was later used as a medieval castle.

  66. Hampshire has a rich history of music production and performance, with several notable music venues and festivals based in the county, including the Guildhall in Portsmouth and the Boomtown Fair festival.

  67. The county is home to several notable religious sites and buildings, including the Romsey Abbey, a well-preserved Norman abbey church.

  68. Hampshire has a rich history of environmental conservation, with several notable conservation organizations and initiatives based in the county.

  69. The county is home to several notable health and wellness centres and organizations, including the Nuffield Health Portsmouth Hospital.

1 Comment


Cody
Cody
Jan 23, 2023
Hello, 
This article is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about Hampshire in the UK. It provides a comprehensive overview of the county's rich history, culture, and nature, giving an interesting and well rounded understanding of the area. This article is especially helpful for travelers who wish to explore and learn more about this beautiful county.
Like
bottom of page