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Airshow, Farnborough International.

The world renowned airshow takes place in July on alternate (even) years at the Farnborough Airfield. Their website is: www.farnborough.com

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Aldershot and District Bus Company.

The distinctive two-tone green liveried buses were a feature of our roads for many years during the last century. The website associated with their buses is: www.adbig.co.uk

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Aldershot Civic Society.

The society have the Duke of Wellington's statue as their logo. Their website is: www.aldershotcivicsociety.org.uk

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Aldershot Military Museum.

The museum in Queens Avenue, Aldershot, has many civil as well as military items on show. Special displays and events are held through the year. Their website is: www3.hants.gov.uk/aldershot-museum

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Basingstoke Canal.

The canal was built in the late 1790s to link Basingstoke to the Wey Navigation near where it connects with the River Thames at Weybridge. Their website is www3.hants.gov.uk/basingstoke-canal .

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Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership.

Their website is: www.blackwater-valley.org.uk

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Borderware Pottery.

Our local pottery industry was active from the Medieval through to the late 19th century. The analysis of the NEHHAS collection is entitled 'SHERDS'. More information can be found here.

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Samuel Cody - early aviator.

The statue of Cody is situated at the entrance to the FAST Museum on the Farnborough Road. More details see www.historicfarnborough.co.uk/index.html

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Council for British Archaeology (CBA).

Each summer the Council for British Archaeology holds a "Festival of British Archaeology". NEHHAS has presented displays at the Farnborough Community Centre and Princes Mead Shopping Centre, Farnborough.

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Crimean war.

The replica Crimean war cannon on Redan Hill, Aldershot. This 19th century conflict is recorded in the names of many streets and public houses in our area.

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Excavation.

Members from NEHHAS and Surrey Heath excavating at 23 Tower Hill, Cove, during the summer of 2009.

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Farnborough Airfield (RAE then TAG).

The airfield at Farnborough formed part of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) but is now run by TAG as a commercial airfield for private and business aircraft.

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The Farnborough Society.

Their website is: www.thefarnboroughsociety.org.uk

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Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, FAST.

This museum on the edge of Farnborough Airfield is housed in Trenchard House where the Royal Flying Corps was formed in the First World War. Their website is: www.airsciences.org.uk/museum.html

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Farnham Museum Society.

The Farnham Museum Society organises outings and events throughout the year and has connections to other groups with historical and archaeological interests. Their website is: www.farnhammuseumsociety.org.uk

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Farnham Castle.

Farnham Castle has a long history, starting with a Norman Motte and Baily. Its inner wall was partly destroyed during the English Civil War.

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Fleet & Crookham Local History Group.

Their website is: http://www.fclhg.org.uk/community/

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Fleet Pond.

The Fleet Pond Society comes under the Fleet & Church Crookham Society and their website can be found at: www.fleetpond.fccs.org.uk

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Geophysics in Archaeology.

Geophysics involves non-destructive techniques for indicating underground features. It includes Magnetometry, Resistivity, Ground-Penetrating Radar and Topography. Their website is: www.barg-online.org

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Greywell Mill.

The mill on the River Whitewater and the nearby church at Greywell have been on the route of a number of NEHHAS summer walks. The nearby fields have been the subject of two surveys.

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Hop Kilns.

Within a few hundred yards, this street has both a former oast kiln and an ancient timber-framed cottage, believed to be one of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in Aldershot.

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Invincible.

"Invincible" was the name of the loco used on the RAE spur from the London to Southampton line at Farnborough Main. Old film of the loco in action can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aggVB8BmQrg

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Iron Age (c800BC to AD43).

In Andover, the Museum of the Iron Age has a large section on the interpretation of finds from nearby Danebury Hill Fort. Their website is: www3.hants.gov.uk/museum-of-the-ironage.htm

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St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough.

This complex is home to a Monastery, farm, chapel and mausoleum, the resting place of Emperor Napoleon III, his wife the Empress Eugenie and their son. The Abbey website is: www.farnboroughabbey.org

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Odiham Castle AKA: King John's Castle.

Most of the castle has been demolished over the centuries and the stone used throughout the local area. The ruins of what remains of the keep can be found by the Basingstoke Canal.

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Public Houses.

Many pubs in our area have disappeared, either through demolition, re-configuration as flats and offices, or through re-naming. The Aldershot Civic Society have produced a book. Their website is: www.aldershotcivicsociety.org.uk

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Railways in our area.

Three railway lines remain in use, the Aldershot, Farnham, Alton line (which connects with the Watercress Line), the London to Basingstoke line and the Reading to Guildford line which goes on to Gatwick Airport.

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Roman roads, The Devil's Hiway.

This Roman Road connected Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester) to Londinium via the bridge over the Thames at Pontes (Staines).

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Royal Aircraft Factory/Establishment.

Following the end of the 1st World War with the formation of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Aircraft Factory was re-named the Royal Aircraft Establishment, RAE. A useful link is www.historyofwar.org.

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Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force.

The Royal Flying Corps was formed during the 1st World War, originally as an arial observation service for the army. Soon the potential of aircraft for air-to-ground and air-to-air combat was realised.

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Sarsen stones.

A great number of Sarsen stones have been identified within our area. Some large examples, such as the one shown here, may have formed marker posts to areas of land.

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Silchester Roman Town.

The remains of this Roman town lie between Basingstoke and Reading. It was extensively excavated in late Victorian and Edwardian times. Most of the artefacts can be seen in Reading Museum.

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St Peters, Farnborough.

The parish church of Farnborough stands on a hill which may have been a religious site well before the advent of Christianity.

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Tilford, Rural Life Centre.

This open-air museum comprises buildings, artefacts and demonstrations of byegone skills. It is an extremely valuable resource to anyone interested in earlier times in Southern England. Their website is: www.rural-life.org.uk.

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Timber-framed buildings.

These examples of this earlier building practice are to be found in Greywell.

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Turnpike Roads - The Trafalgar Way.

This plaque is one of a series celebrating the journey on horseback from Falmouth to London in 1815, bringing the news of our victory at Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Nelson. This is one of two "Turnpike" roads running through our area.

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Wanborough Hoard.

This large hoard of mainly late Iron-Age coins was found by metal-detectorists in the 1980s. It was thought to have been buried at the time of Boudica's revolt in AD60-61.

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Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley).

This statue of the Duke of Wellington, situated in Aldershot near to the Anglican Garrison Church, was originally mounted on top of the Marble Arch in London.

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Sir Frank Whittle - Engineer.

This full-size model by the entrance to the TAG Airfield at Farnborough is of one of the first aircraft designed to use the jet engine developed by Sir Frank Whittle at the RAE.

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Workhouse - Farnborough.

The Farnborough Workhouse was in Union Street. Other workhouses in our area include the one at Aldershot on Hospital Hill.

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This page last updated in April 2017.