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Hampshire from the middle ages
By the time of the Norman conquest, London had overtaken Winchester in Hampshire as the largest city in England and after the Norman Conquest, King William I made London his capital city. While the centre of political power moved away from Hampshire, Winchester remained a very important city, as the New Forest which was close to Winchester made it a very popular royal hunting forest and our royalty have always loved their hunting pursuits. King William Rufus was actually killed while hunting in the Hampshire forest in 1100. The Domesday Book of 1086 records Hampshire and part of Sussex.
From the 12th century, the ports grew in importance, pushed by increasing trade with the continent, wool and cloth manufacture in Hampshire, and the fishing industry, and a shipbuilding industry was established. By 1523, the population of Southampton had grown more than that of Winchester.
Over several centuries, a series of castles and forts was constructed along the Hampshire coast of the Solent to defend the harbours at Southampton and Portsmouth. These include the Roman Portchester Castle which overlooks Portsmouth Harbour, and a series of forts built by Henry VIII including Hurst Castle, situated on a sand spit at the mouth of the Solent, Calshot Castle on another spit at the mouth of Southampton Water, and Netley Castle. Southampton and Portsmouth remained important harbours when rivals, such as Poole and Bristol, declined, as they are amongst the few locations that combine shelter with deep water. Mayflower and Speedwell set sail for America from Southampton in 1620.
During the English Civil War that raged from 1642 to 1651, there were several skirmishes in Hampshire between the Royalist and Parliamentarian forces. Principal engagements were the Siege of Basing House between 1643 and 1645, and the Battle of Cheriton in 1644; both were significant Parliamentarian victories. Other clashes included the Battle of Alton in 1643, where the commander of the Royalist forces was killed in the pulpit of the parish church, and the Siege of Portsmouth in 1642.
By the middle of the 19th century, with Hampshires population being double than what it was at the beginning of the century, agriculture was the main industry, with about ten percent of Hampshire still being made up of dense forest, with cereals, peas, hops, honey and livestock all being very important. Due to the long farming of pig and wild boar in Hampshire, people who are local to the county have been referred to as Hampshire hogs since the 18th century. By 1868, the number of people employed in manufacturing out numbered those still in agriculture. Most of the industry was centred around silk, paper, sugar and lace, ship building and salt works were also a growing source of employment.
Many places in Hampshire were popular for seasonal sea bathing, and to this day, many people head for one of the fantastic Hampshire beaches for some fun in the sun.
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