Happy Easter / Hampton Lane

Happy Easter everyone. Hampton Lane is one of the most pleasant residential streets in Winchester, particularly in spring when everything is in bloom. There even a few Easter eggs out. Which road is Hampton Lane? Hampton Lane can be easily combined with a walk on the footpath through Winchester Royal Golf Club, also see our …

Is Winchester one of the best places to live in Britain?

A recent article in the Sunday Times (paywall, unfortunately) didn’t crown Winchester as the best place to live in the country, though certainly highlighted what Winchester residents heard in previous years and presumably wanted to hear again – it’s a good place to live. But what is really great about Winchester? Is it the schools, …

Winchester place names

There are so many interesting place names around town. This is a great talk by Dr. Eric Lacey from the University of Winchester. He brings place names to live and uses many different historic maps, including Joan Bleau’s 1646 map of Hampshire to illustrate the etymology of names like Venta and the Belgarum tribe, Wintan …

Managing environmental impact of housing development in Hampshire

How can maps be used to manage the develop our environment and lessen the environmental impact of housing in Hampshire? Below is a nice illustration of using interactive maps to map the river catchment areas in Hampshire and using this to evaluate planning proposals. The project area is East Hampshire District Council, juts to the …

Winchester Books

Secret Winchester A must read for everyone living in Winchester, Secret Winchester uncovers answers to a number of questions that have always been in the very back of my mind. Questions like Who was that Peter Symonds? Where in town could you go roller-skating or ice-skating a hundred years ago? Was Winchester really Camelot? I …

A34 through Kings Worthy

In 1958 the London and South Western Railway is where it is today, but the Didcot, Newbury and Winchester railway cut straight through Kings Worthy where the A34 is today: Go and discover historic geography of Winchester with the NLS map viewer yourself or see some of our examples. If you haven’t been, make sure you also …

Royal Winchester Golf Course

There were other kind of shots fired at the Royal Winchester Golf course about a hundred years ago: Go and discover the historic geography of Winchester with the NLS map viewer yourself or see some of our examples. If you haven’t been, make sure you also go for a walk today. We have plenty of …

Explore historic maps of Winchester

National Library of Scotland has a great map viewer that allows you to roam around a number of old map series of Great Britain. Above is an Ordnance Survey (OS) one inch to a mile displayed against a digital Digital Terrain Model captured from an airborne sensor. The collection includes several historic maps of Winchester …