The origins of road names

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:32pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette July 4, 2003

A carnival atmosphere

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:36am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette June 27, 2003

Basingstoke and the bike

Basingstoke Gazette:

1:46pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette June 20, 2003

The Worting seat of learning

Basingstoke Gazette:

12:55pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette June 13, 2003

The story of a quiet corner

Basingstoke Gazette:

11:17am Tuesday 1st July 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette June 6, 2003

Coronation celebrations

Basingstoke Gazette: Coronation decorations in the Market Place during June 1953

12:28pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette May 30, 2003

The wonders of Mother Nature

Basingstoke Gazette: The Black Dam ponds in 1960

11:29am Tuesday 17th June 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette May 16, 2003

In true mayoral tradition

Basingstoke Gazette: Baz 3D copy.jpg

11:27am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette May 9, 2003

Adverts in the Daily Doings

Basingstoke Gazette: Southwell's bakery in Church Street prior to its closure in the late 1950s

11:54am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

WAY back in the 1930s, the printing firm of Mr S R Verstage at Odiham produced a regular local magazine called Daily Doings in Basingstoke.

The roofs over residents’ heads

Basingstoke Gazette: Cranbourne Lane council houses just prior to their demolition in 1966

11:34am Tuesday 20th May 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette April 25, 2003

Meeting places of the past

Basingstoke Gazette: Eastrop Church Hall in Goat Lane, Basingstoke INSET: The original Moose Hall in upper Church Street SP

11:30am Tuesday 13th May 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette April 18, 2003

A milestone in preservation

Basingstoke Gazette: LOCAL MILESTONES (from left): Winchester Road (Kempshott Roundabout) 1958;Worting Road (near Hammer and Tongs public house) 1965; Reading Road (Wallins Copse) 2002, after repainting

10:54am Wednesday 7th May 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette April 11, 2003

Workmen uncover blast from the past

Basingstoke Gazette: The Regal Cinema in Odiham in 1959, shortly before its closure

11:07am Tuesday 29th April 2014

This nostalgic article about the old Regal Cinema in Odiham was published in The Gazette April 11, 2003

Caring for the town’s health

Basingstoke Gazette: Overbridge Surgery in Worting Road - to be relocated to the new Gillies Health Centre

9:13am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette April 4, 2003

A right royal send off

Basingstoke Gazette: Mr Collins and a Pearly Princess

10:11am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette March 28, 2003

Golf club celebrates 75 years

Basingstoke Gazette: The early days of Basingstoke Golf Club. Two golfers enjoy a quiet game in the shadow of Kempshott House

10:40am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette March 21, 2003

The complicated history of a small square of land

Basingstoke Gazette: ABOVE: An aerial view of the area which is to be developed. INSET: A detail of the 1851 map, clearly showing the parish boundary

11:24am Tuesday 25th March 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette March 14, 2003

Down Grange’s sporting life

Basingstoke Gazette: Down Grange House in 1960, before its alterations

1:35pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette March 7, 2003

Estate’s change of ownership

Basingstoke Gazette: Beaurepaire House, with the moat entrance in the foreground

1:49pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette, February 28, 2003

In the year of the first Gazette

Basingstoke Gazette: Gerrish, Ames & Simpkins in Station Hill, where Thomas Burberry transferred part of his business

1:19pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette February 14, 2003

Ruling with a rod of iron

Basingstoke Gazette: Kingdon’s ironmongers shop in 1958, photographed from the old Town Hall clock tower

1:33pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

ONE hundred and fifty years ago, in 1853, a gentleman by the name of Thomas Maton Kingdon moved to Basingstoke from Salisbury to work for the ironmongers shop of Lodwidge and Wallis in the Market Place.

Tales of the town’s taxis

Basingstoke Gazette: Taxis lining up at the rank outside the railway station about 15 years ago

11:08am Tuesday 18th February 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette January 31, 2003

Ghost stories recall town’s haunted inns

Basingstoke Gazette: The Barge Inn in lower Wote Street in 1960

11:17am Wednesday 12th February 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette January 24, 2003

Development of car made life easier in Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette: The White Garage during the rebuilding work in the 1950s

1:50pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette, January 17, 2003

Market remains a social hub

Basingstoke Gazette: The cattle market in the 1950s

11:54am Tuesday 28th January 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette January 10, 2003

A century of town progress

Basingstoke Gazette: Buckland's newsagent shop in upper Wote Street

12:01pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette January 3, 2003

Mild winter no comparison with town's Great Freeze-Up

Basingstoke Gazette: The War Memorial Park during the freeze-up of 1947

11:44am Tuesday 14th January 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette December 27, 2002

Old house with fascinating past

Basingstoke Gazette: Some of the rectory garden party’s stalls in the 1950s

10:04am Tuesday 7th January 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette December 13, 2002

Jane Austen and The Vyne

Basingstoke Gazette: The Vyne House in the 17th century INSET: Jane Austen

12:03pm Friday 3rd January 2014

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette December 6, 2002

The mystery of the Holy Ghost

Basingstoke Gazette: The ruins of the Holy Ghost Chapel and grounds

1:01pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette, November 29, 2002

Early influences of town’s motor cars and traffic jams

Basingstoke Gazette: Traffic comes to a halt in Winchester Street in the early 1960s after a hold-up on the bypass

12:58pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette November 22, 2002

Town public library a vital part of local entertainment

Basingstoke Gazette: The Mechanics Institute in New Street, before it was taken over as a public library in 1928

1:07pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette, November 15, 2002

West Ham estate changes into prime entertainment complex

Basingstoke Gazette: The leisure park land before the construction of the various buildings at West Ham

10:06am Tuesday 26th November 2013

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette, November 8, 2002

How wireless came to Basingstoke

Basingstoke Gazette: Harry Willis’ house and workplace in Southern Road

9:47am Tuesday 19th November 2013

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette November 1, 2002

How generosity built a church

Basingstoke Gazette: The “Iron Church” after being moved to Victoria Street, photographed in the 1960s

11:17am Tuesday 12th November 2013

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette October 25, 2002

Looking back on the days before new Festival Place

Basingstoke Gazette: The basin and part of the wharf of the Basingstoke Canal, close to lower Wote Street, in 1910

9:55am Wednesday 6th November 2013

Robert Brown's article published in The Gazette, October 18, 2002.

Estate celebrates 50 years

Basingstoke Gazette: Oakridge Road

12:21pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

Robert Brown's article in The Gazette, October 11, 2002

History repeats itself at inn

Basingstoke Gazette: The Halifax building society just prior to its closure in 1999

11:46am Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Robert Brown's article in The Gazette, October 4, 2002.

Building rooms with a view

Basingstoke Gazette: An aerial view of the railway station goods yard in 1980

2:07pm Tuesday 15th October 2013

Robert Brown's article featured in The Gazette September 27, 2002.

The Force is with us!

Basingstoke Gazette: Christian Brown, 10, from Micheldever Station, confronting Darth Vader at the Alien Invasion exhibition at The Willis Museum.

11:21am Tuesday 16th August 2011

AN OUT of this world exhibition is on show at The Willis Museum – and it is one that is not to be missed by anyone who loves science-fiction films as it brings together aliens, monsters, props and costumes.

1976: Now THAT was a hot summer

Basingstoke Gazette: Firemen battling to keep a blaze on common land between Silchester and Mortimer under control on Wednesday, August 11, 1976

11:40am Thursday 11th August 2011

IT may have been hot, hot, hot last week, but this summer is not going to be remembered as a scorcher.

Friends reunited

Basingstoke Gazette: Pupils of The Vyne Community School from 1976, 1977 and 1978, are reunited

10:08am Tuesday 26th July 2011

THE sounds of The Bay City Rollers, Slade, Mud and Black Sabbath were belted out at a school reunion of former pupils of The Vyne Community School in Basingstoke.

Society makes song and dance of 90th

Basingstoke Gazette: Former Thornycroft employees Brian Dennison and Gary Bone, above, who remember the operatic society practising in the canteen at their works factory.

9:55am Tuesday 19th July 2011

AN ALL-singing and alldancing exhibition is being staged at Milestones museum.

Politician’s visit led to radio show demo

Basingstoke Gazette: Back page of The Gazette's Basingstoke Midweek edition of Tuesday, November 16, shows demonstration leader Arthur MAderson raising a defiant fist as his supporters wield an anti-fascist banner

11:51am Wednesday 13th July 2011

The Gazette’s back page shows demonstration leader Arthur Maderson raising a defiant fist as his supporters wield an anti-fascist banner YOU wouldn’t think a BBC radio show would be the spark for a riot.

Tributes are paid to past masters

Basingstoke Gazette: Sue Tapliss, centre, with her team, was presented with a painting of The Willis Museum

9:29am Wednesday 6th July 2011

TRIBUTES have been paid, and sad farewells said, after two stalwarts of the Basingstoke heritage community lost their jobs because of Hampshire County Council cutbacks.

More light shed on Legion’s past

Basingstoke Gazette: Australian beauty Christine Francis visits The Hants and Berks Gazette print works in Church Street, Basingstoke in December 1970 as a guest of the Royal British Legion

12:03pm Wednesday 29th June 2011

Australian beauty Christine Francis visits The Hants and Berks Gazette print works in Church Street, Basingstoke in December 1970 as a guest of the Royal British Legion. Above, left to right, The Gazette’s Keith Cordery, who went on to become works manager, with the Mayor, Cllr Roger Morris, and Christine BILL Sample’s appeal for information about the history of the Basingstoke and Overton branch of the Royal British Legion in the Memories on Monday of June 13 has produced an interesting response from reader Andrew Hughes.

Special anniversaries

11:05am Tuesday 21st June 2011

THIS year marks the 90th anniversary of not only the Royal British Legion and the first Poppy Appeal, but also the opening of War Memorial Park in Basingstoke.

Deserved awards for duo

Basingstoke Gazette: Retiring trustees Joan Mussellwhite, (above left), and Eileen Spicer

10:18am Wednesday 15th June 2011

TWO pillars of local society have been honoured for their dedication to charities that have an important place in Basingstoke’s history.

Paulet’s grand design

Basingstoke Gazette: The entrance to the Old Hall, which Sir William Paulet began building in 1531.

11:19am Wednesday 8th June 2011

ENGLAND’S last castle, completed 450 years ago, was the most opulent private residence in the country.

Horse rocks off to new museum home

Basingstoke Gazette: Fairfields pupils with the rocking horse

9:40am Tuesday 24th May 2011

A TREASURED piece of a local school’s history has been handed over to The Willis Museum.






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