WATCH: 16 retro videos looking back at Hampshire’s times gone by

PUBLISHED: 10:18 26 November 2020 | UPDATED: 12:59 26 November 2020

The Needles on the Isle of Wight (c) Michael Jefferies and Stacey postcards of 1906 (CC BY 2.0)

The Needles on the Isle of Wight (c) Michael Jefferies and Stacey postcards of 1906 (CC BY 2.0)


Since the advent of the moving picture all corners of our county have changed considerably. Through these classic videos we can take a look back at how our ancestors lived in Hampshire

1) Hampshire Hombres (1963)

“No it’s not the Wild West, it’s south of the border down Hampshire way that’s home on the plains for these happy hombres”

2) D-Day on Eastney Beach (1949)

“Zero hour on Eastney Beach, the Royal Marines invade. Assault boats breach the enemy’s defences and it’s D-Day all over again”

3) Author Dennis Wheatley bricklaying in Lymington (1961)

“To most of us it may seem a purely physical outlet for Mr Wheatley’s energies but he describes it as a satisfying intellectual activity from which one can get great artistic pleasure”

4) New Forest Gypsies (1948)

“The New Forest gypsies are too busy to sit and mope, there’s too much to do. The authorities want the gypsies by necessity to go. The gypsies say ‘where can we go but the woods?’”

5) The Pylon Men (1966)

“This is how they build the 165-feet high steel towers that will carry the Central Electricity Generating Board’s cables across Sussex and Hampshire to the West Country”

6) Deep Dive Simulator in Portsmouth (1966)

“This is where frogmen of the Navy Scientific Service get a chance to feel what it’s like under 1000 feet of water”

7) Future Hampshire Cricketers (1949)

“At Southampton the future of Ivor Wallace, not yet 16, is already in the safe hands of Hampshire coach AG Holt”

8) Testing a new gilder at Lasham (1964)

“Tested on the breeziest day of the month by Derek Piggott was the newly-designed Slingsby T51”

9) Portsmouth beat Newport at Fratton Park (1949)

“Not overawed by the home team’s impressive record, the Welsh side are out to achieve what other teams have failed to do - beat Pompey at home”

10) Southampton’s Family of 32 (1939)

“32 of the best! Nearly three football teams in one family”

11) Hampshire Agricultural Festival at Winchester Cathedral (1934)

“A simple farm cart stocked with farm produce is taken in procession to the cathedral and up the centre aisle on the occasion of the agricultural festival”

12) Wild Pony Round-up in Brockenhurst (1959)

“Yes, it’s the New Forest and the occasion of our visit is to witness a pony drift or round-up”

13) Aldershot Underwater Hockey (1967)

“Ground level sports are enough for most of us but some people are never satisfied”

14) The Circus Comes to Portsmouth (1951)

“It looks like any ordinary luggage van but here’s where they store more valuable trunks”

15) Goats on the roof in the New Forest (1963)

“This contemporary Norwegian-style house has a goat to keep its grass roof in trim”

16) Motorcycle Football in Winchfield (1959)

“No we’re not taking you to a cross country rally, nor a demonstration of rough-riding but to a sport which requires skill, concentration and, as you’ll see, considerably more dash than, say, tiddlywinks”


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