History is considered the fourth main topic after ‘Countryside’, ‘Community and People’. ‘Countryside’ may be regarded as describing the spacial dimensions, while ‘History’ provides an overview of the time dimension reaching across all other topics. A short hand way of describing this is shown on the ‘Timelines’ page.

A frequent key historical question is how did the Village get its Name? In the first article, Jonathan Dicks answers this by going back to the turbulence of the early decades of Norman rule. This provides the context for a second question: ‘Is there a Castle? Historic England shows three castles among its ‘Listed buildings’ designations in and around the village.

The ‘War Years‘, affecting residents, particularly those of the 20th and 21st centuries, have had the most dramatic and long lasting events. The War Years are also the context for RCHC’s main artefact, the ‘Model Railway’, which is an iconic time-capsule for the end of World War II.

Rowlands Castle has usually been the preferred residence for many military personnel as it is close to Portsmouth with its Naval Base and the Admiralty Administration.

Timelines’ provides a quick reference to the flow of events, while ‘Events’ illustrates major happenings, natural and social, usually of relatively short duration. Village Evolution and Design are significant studies commissioned by the Parish Council, often written by residents, which describe important aspects of our environment, sometimes having planning, legal or regulatory implications.

The Heritage Centre is grateful to Ralph Cousins for his permission to include the Local History Booklets on this website. All the copyright for these booklets remains with the authors.

For many years local volunteers for the Historical Society have been carrying out Oral History Interviews in the village and we are pleased to be able to host these here on the website. 

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