36 episodes

A brilliant history and heritage podcast created by the volunteers behind Winchester Heritage Open Days. Your opportunity to delve into the past and go on a journey to discover some of Hampshire's best, and occasionally unknown, history. Since season one begin August 2020 we've been speaking to experts and enthusiasts and asking them to reveal some of our hidden heritage as well as share with you fascinating untold tales.

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A brilliant history and heritage podcast created by the volunteers behind Winchester Heritage Open Days. Your opportunity to delve into the past and go on a journey to discover some of Hampshire's best, and occasionally unknown, history. Since season one begin August 2020 we've been speaking to experts and enthusiasts and asking them to reveal some of our hidden heritage as well as share with you fascinating untold tales.

    Weaving History and Tradition with the Whitchurch Silk Mill

    Weaving History and Tradition with the Whitchurch Silk Mill

    The ancient tradition of silk weaving is not just alive but flourishing at Hampshire’s very own silk mill, housed in its original building in the little town of Whitchurch. Emily Briffett talks to some of the team at Whitchurch Silk Mill and discovers that the fabric and ribbons produced here over the years have clothed both the famous and the infamous.

    A segment of the silk used for the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales was prepared right here at Whitchurch, while on a less salubrious note, one of the Kray twins is rumoured to have ordered silk from here while detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.

    On our website you will find more information about this episode including photographs, our fantastic show notes and a downloadable version of the transcript; visit our website by clicking here

    • 30 min
    Three Abbeys and a Castle: Hampshire's History of Royals

    Three Abbeys and a Castle: Hampshire's History of Royals

    When it comes to swanky guest lists it’s hard to beat the roll call of visitors to Hampshire’s Titchfield Abbey over the centuries. Henry V stopped off here en route for the campaign in France that inspired Shakespeare’s famous St Crispin’s Day speech. Later Henry VI married Margaret of Anjou here and Elizabeth I and Charles I were among the Tudor and Stuart monarchs to drop in for a visit. 
    But Titchfield is not the only Hampshire location with strong royal connections. In fact, it has some serious competition from other Hampshire sites according to Dr Gabby Storey of Winchester University, who takes us on a royal tour around the county. Join us as we go from Titchfield Abbey to Odiham Castle, Romsey Abbey and Netley Abbey, revealing the royal links and fascinating history of each site. And after you have listened, why not create your own tour of these extraordinary places.

    On our website you will find more information about this episode including photographs, our fantastic show notes and a downloadable version of the transcript; visit our website by clicking here

    • 13 min
    When the Messiah came to Andover

    When the Messiah came to Andover

    Hampshire during the English Civil War was a pretty miserable place. Looting was rife and the population politically divided and plagued by disease. Into this gloomy scene came the London rope-maker William Franklin, a self-proclaimed Messiah, who set up camp in Andover in 1649 with his female companion Mary Gadbury. Was he a visionary or a blasphemer? Local historian Alex Beeton talks to Julie Dypdal about this fascinating tale, the fluctuating fortunes of Franklin and his band of followers and the light this shines on society at the time.

    On our website you will find more information about this episode including our fantastic show notes and a downloadable version of the transcript; visit our website by clicking here

    • 30 min
    Celebrating and remembering with Hampshire's bells

    Celebrating and remembering with Hampshire's bells

    On Sundays and feast days and in times of celebration and mourning bells ring out from Hampshire’s churches, abbeys and cathedrals to mark the occasion. It’s a practice that has continued since Saxon times, but where are the county’s oldest church bells which once rang to sound the curfew, or to remind households to cover their fires overnight? And where were they made? 
    Phil Watts, Bells Advisor for the Winchester diocese reveals all to Cathy Booth in this fascinating heritage podcast as he tells the stories of Hampshire’s extraordinary bells and shares how has bell ringing changed over the centuries.

    On our website you will find more information about this episode including photographs, our fantastic show notes and a downloadable version of the transcript; visit our website by clicking here

    • 32 min
    A Window Through Time: Florence Nightingale’s Hampshire Roots and Legacy

    A Window Through Time: Florence Nightingale’s Hampshire Roots and Legacy

    May 12th is International Nurses’ Day and in this podcast we celebrate the life of one of Hampshire’s most influential Victorians, the nurse and campaigner Florence Nightingale. From her home at Embley Park near Romsey, she set off for the Crimean War where she introduced pioneering hygiene measures that saved countless lives and established a template for modern nursing. Her ‘Wash your Hands’ message has never been more relevant.

    Julie Dypdal talks to local artist Sophie Hacker about the stained glass window she created for Romsey Abbey to mark Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary last year, and Florence’s lasting legacy in the county and beyond.

    For more information, including show notes and a transcript, please visit our website: https://www.winchesterheritageopendays.org/hampshire-histbites-episodes

    Please note this is the final episode of Season 3. We will be returning in June with Season 4.

    • 23 min
    Creatures and Kings: A Viking Tale’s Link With Winchester

    Creatures and Kings: A Viking Tale’s Link With Winchester

    Among the treasures on display in Winchester Cathedral is the ancient Sigmund Stone, excavated from the remains of the Saxon cathedral on the same site. Carved on this stone fragment is a scene from the Old Norse Volsunga Saga, a compendium of tales that provide a window into the treacherous and brutal Viking world. Aisha Al-Sadie, Learning Officer at the cathedral, takes us back to the time of wolves and forests, great feasts and bloody battles as she narrates a story of King Volsung and his feud with the dastardly King Siggeir.

    The Sigmund Stone is on display in the Kings and Scribes exhibition in Winchester Cathedral, which will be open to the public from May 17th, subject to government guidelines. See winchester-cathedral.org.uk for more information.

    For more information, including show notes and a transcript, please visit our website: https://www.winchesterheritageopendays.org/hampshire-histbites-episodes

    Please note this is the penultimate episode of Season 3. On 12th May the final Season 3 episode will be released and then there will be a short break of around 4 weeks whilst we prepare the next Season. 

    • 14 min

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