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Hampshire is a county on the south coast of England and borders Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex. The county is undulating, finely wooded, and fruitful. Hampshire is also bordered by two ranges of chalk hills, known as the North and South Downs, to the west of the county is the New Forest, and in the south-east are the Forests of Bere and Waltham Chase.

The county town of Hampshire is Winchester.

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County Council Tourism Site
Official Tourist Website

The coat of arms incorporates the rose and crown from the old county badge, the rose is the Lancaster rose, which has been used by Hampshire for many centuries. The lion supporter symbolises the fact that the city of Winchester was the medieval capital of England, and the lion is the English lion. The two crossed swords are a symbol for the connection of Hampshire with the army. The stag represents the New Forest, the royal hunting ground created by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. The anchor symbolises the connection with the navy. The crest shows a Saxon crown and castle and symbolises the links with the Saxon Kingdom of Wessex, of which Winchester was the capital. The castle also symbolises the role of Hampshire in defence of the realm; a role reflected in the county's wealth of military heritage.

Places in Hampshire I have visited: -

Lyndhurst
New Forest
Winchester

The flag of Hampshire County Council was adopted in 1992 when the county was granted a coat of arms to mark the centenary of the county council in 1989. The "rose and crown" motifs have been associated with Hampshire since at least the 18th century and were formerly used by the county in heraldic badge form. Because the arms include the Royal crown, the Queen's permission had to be sought and a Royal Warrant was issued.

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