The Hampshire Hunt, or "HH" as it is widely known, is proud to be one of the oldest hunts in England, and is certainly the oldest in Hampshire, having come into existence in 1745.

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A local squire, Squire Evelyn brought his pack of hounds with him when moving from Kent to Hampshire where he set up home at Harmsworth, now Armsworth, in order to hunt the country around Alresford. The first formal Club was formed as a Dining Club, "The HH Society", whose members enjoyed various entertainments and pursuits, including hunting and in due course the name was changed to "The Gentlemen of the Hampshire Hunt". Members of the Hunt wore blue coats with large silver buttons engraved with "HH".

King George IV, when still Prince of Wales in 1795, hunted in part in Mr Ridge's country and thus permission was granted for Hunt Members to wear the Prince of Wales' feathers embossed onto their HH Hunt buttons. Permission to continue to use the Royal crest has been sought and granted by each Prince of Wales since.

Renowned former Masters include Mr Villebois (1803-1837) who was Master for over thirty seasons and Mr Henry Deacon (1862-1884) who hunted the country for 22 seasons and was popular with both farmers and field. Probably the name which is most indelibly linked with the history of the HH is Mr George Evans. He first became Master and amateur huntsman in 1909 and was not only an outstanding Master but one of the greatest hound-breeders of his day, buying in top-class hounds from various other packs and skilfully breeding the existing blood lines. During his tenure, the HH became one of the most famous kennels in England and he was the first to recognise the excellence of Sir Edward Curre's blood with its infusion of Welsh cross.

The HH country lies exclusively in Hampshire and extends roughly from Liphook to Farnham and from Basingstoke to Winchester. The hunt is extremely fortunate to benefit from not only a relatively large area of country but also from great support shown by our local Landowners and Farmers, all of whom kindly consent to the Hunt coming across their land.

Whilst being proud of its long history and tradition, the Hampshire Hunt is both professional and forward thinking. Hunting continues within the confines of the 2004 Act and the Hunt also offers an invaluable service to local farmers and individuals, providing a fallen stock collection service as well as taking an active part in County life, displaying hounds at various shows and events across Hampshire.

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