The Hampshire Record Office will be hosting the Hampshire Field Club on January 19th for a lecture by Dr Amanda Richardson, a senior lecturer in Medieval history at the University of Chichester and an expert on Medieval deer parks and forests.
With New Forest in the West, the tip of North Wessex Downs in the North and South Downs National Park in the east, even today Hampshire has many opportunities for spotting and perhaps even hunting deer. But in the 16th Century things were a little different, and instead the popular sport of deer hunting was undertaken in private deer parks. These parks were both in surrounding forest land and on private estates and were dotted around the county.
Dr Richardson's talk will explore the customs that surrounded the hunt and the history behind these deer parks.
The Hampshire Field Club are an organisation dedicated to the study of Hampshire, its environment and history. You don't need to be a member to attend the talk, but you do need to register your attendance. You can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01962 860571. The event is free to members and non members. This talk is the club's annual lecture, but there are many other events held throughout the year. For more information, head to the Hampshire Field Club's website.
The Hampshire Record Office is located at Sussex St in Winchester. It's about 12 miles from Southampton.