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The Rowlands Castle Historical Society is for everyone who is interested in the history of Rowlands Castle and its surroundings.

There is more about the society on our about us page.

If you are interested in joining the society, please come to one of our meetings and contact one of our committee members.

If you are not sure whether to join us just yet, you are very welcome to attend one of our talks as a guest, the guest fee being £4

To view our exciting programme of upcoming activities, please visit our talks page and our visits page.

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News, Views & Previews

Future Meetings, walks & Visits

The planned meeting on April 16th has been cancelled.

March Meeting

Many thanks to Nigel Linger for giving us another enthralling Portsmouth related talk. Nigel’s talk covered details of the Mary Rose from when she was first built and launched in 1511, through her various upgrades to her final loss at the Battle of the Solent in July 1545. Each refit added weight in the form of additional guns and crew. Nigel explained how the innovative idea of gun ports in conjunction with the increased weight led to her final demise when conducting a manoeuvre off Southsea Castle. There was some interesting discussion afterwards concerning how and why the manoeuvre took place but the truth is unrecorded and lost in the mists of time. So many interesting facts and speculation – great talk!

March Meeting – Preview

We are looking forward to this Thursday’s talk by Nigel Linger of the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historic Trust. Nigel gave an excellent talk about the history of the Royal Dockyard last year and returns to share his knowledge on the Mary Rose.

February Meeting

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Caroline, in her excellent lecture last Thursday, shared the fruits of her extensive research into Queen Elizabeth’s 1591 royal tour of Hampshire. She engaged our imaginations by describing the size and scope of the party accompanying the queen and in her description of the level of hospitality required. She also surprised us by, considering prevailing religious environment, the number of Catholic families she stayed with. So having found out what a royal progress entailed for the local people, we will all be keeping a wary eye out for the harbingers, in case the current Queen Elizabeth decides to adopt her predecessors penchant to “progress”!  Thank you, Caroline.

February Talk – Preview

Almost every summer Queen Elizabeth and her court left her London palaces and embarked on a tour of her subjects’ (great) houses, usually for five or six weeks. These tours were referred to as “progresses” and in 1591 her route included West Sussex and Hampshire, one of her visits was to John  Lumley at hisContinue reading “February Talk – Preview”

January Meeting

Steve Jones has been associated with the Leigh Park country estate since boyhood and as a local historian, has built up an intimate knowledge of the estate and local area. In his talk he gave us a very detailed and meticulously researched account of the early history of the Leigh country estate from 1767 whenContinue reading “January Meeting”