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A registered charity that promotes, supports, assists and helps improve the Willis Museum in Basingstoke.

Basingstoke History

You can learn more about the history of Basingstoke by purchasing one of the Friends Publications which are sold by and for the benefit of the Friends, or by referring to A Guide to Sources of Information on Basingstoke’s History compiled by Bob & Barbara Applin and also to a series of Articles written by Friends.

The websites of our Kindred Bodies – the Basingstoke Archaeological & Historical Society and the Basingstoke Heritage Society – may also provide you with useful information.

Links to other sources of information on the history of Basingstoke include:

The Basingstoke and Deane Council website section – Local History and Heritage

Local Histories website – Brief History of Basingstoke

Victoria County History website – Basingstoke before redevelopment

The Wikipedia entry – Basingstoke

British History Online – Parishes : Basingstoke

Holy Ghost Cemetery – History

Basingstoke Talking History Project – WW2 People’s War

Hantsweb – History of Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal Society – History of the Canal

The Workhouse in Basingstoke – Basingstoke Workhouse

The Top of the Town Heritage – Top of the Town

Basingstoke Railways – Basingstoke Railways

The Railways of Hampshire – Railways of Hampshire