Winchester tourist guide produces The Little Hampshire Book

A PROFESSIONAL tourist guide has written her first book to share the lesser known stories and places to visit in Hampshire.

Erica Wheeler, from Kings Worthy, was inspired by living in Hampshire for the past 18 years to create a book of facts and stories about the county.

The Winchester tourist guide hopes The Little Hampshire Book will give people who know the county “I didn’t know this” stories and facts while being a trusted companion for anyone visiting, offering off-the-beaten-track places to explore.

Erica has previously written guided tours including horror stories, the hidden stories of the women of Winchester and medieval Jewry as well as articles on local history and museum studies.

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The 43-year-old said: “Hampshire is such a large, varied and rich county. I thought I knew it reasonably well, but researching all the stories, characters and places in the book, I couldn’t believe how big the story is.

“The hardest part was choosing the best elements to put in the book from such a phenomenal list of stories and locations, but hopefully I succeeded.

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“It’s not just a history book or a guide, although it incorporates a bit of both. I wanted to portray the county through its hidden, quirky and quirky side, expand the list of places to visit in Hampshire, highlight some things to spot when traveling in the county and give people some stories to tell their companions when they are there.

Hampshire Chronicle:

“I hope people will enjoy reading it as much as I had writing it. This could be a great gift for anyone who knows or would like to know Hampshire.

The Little Hampshire Bookpublished by History Press, will be available Thursday, November 24 at P and G Wells stores, Waterstones, the Winchester Information Center and online at

Angela C. Hale