Thomas William Shore (1840-1905) managed the Hartley Institution (later Southampton University) for 23 years in the 19th century. During his time in Southampton he was an energetic explorer of Hampshire’s history and the fruits of his labours were published in 1896. The book is a classic product of Victorian interest in local histo-ry, and is reprinted here with an introduction and additional notes by Frederick Moore. Shore is particularly strong when he writes about history that precedes the modern age and many of his stories and commentary are quite valid today. Shore’s particular gift is his ability to write in a style that can be easily read, and apart from references to to long-forgotten 19th century figures, this book should present no difficulty to the modern reader.