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The county of Hampshire (Hants) is located in the south of England, with it's coast the English channel and Solent, bordering the counties of Berkshire in the north, Wiltshire to the north-west, Dorset in the west, Surrey to the north-east, and West Sussex in the East. The county town of Hampshire is Winchester, which was the former capital city of England in the 5th century, Winchester's Cathedral is built on the site of the palace of the Saxon kings of Wessex.

The Coast of Hampshire includes some of the best seaside resorts in the UK, as well as two of England's largest ports, Portsmouth and Southampton. The national parks of the New Forest, and South Downs, cover almost half the county.

Famous for such writers as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, Hampshire is also the birthplace of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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