The Earl of Buckinghamshire at the Society's 20th anniversary service in Great Hampden Church

The Ship Money monument at Prestwood

The Palace of Westminster in the 17th century

Pyrton Manor, home of John Hampden's first wife

The former Lord Williams's Grammar School, Thame

The Earl of Buckinghamshire at the 350th anniversary ceremony in Thame

St Mary Magdalene church, Great Hampden

Charles I tries to arrest the Five Members in the House of Commons

John Hampden's funeral in 1643

Arthur Goodwin, Hampden's lifelong friend

The Great Hall at Hampden House

St Mary Magdalene church and Hampden House

Hampden's regiment marching through Thame

Our latest acquisition: A locket containing a lock of John Hampden’s Hair

The Society already owns a similar locket now on loan to the Thame Museum. Another locket is lodged in the Carisbrooke Castle Museum on the IOW. During the attempted exhumation of John Hampden, by Lord Nugent in 1828, locks of hair were cut as mementos from the head of the corpse that was believed to be that of John Hampden. Others have subsequently claimed that the hair actually came from the corpse of Hampden’s father, William.  An account of the exhumation was reported in the Times newspaper.

Description: A coiled lock of light brown hair stitched onto white cloth and presented in an oval gilt metal locket, overall 7 x 4 cm, and enclosed in a later glazed wooden case with the title label ‘John Hampden’s hair’.

Click here for an image of the locket

More information about the exhumation can be found in the “Controversy of John Hampden’s Death” by Derek and Gill Lester

Click here for a link to the book

 

 

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