HAMPSHIRE, or the county of Southampton, is on the south coast of England, forming an irregular square, and lying about midway between the two southern ends of the island. A broad channel lies between the mainland and the Isle of Wight, which is reckoned as a part of the shire. The town of Southampton, with its neighbourhood, forms a shire. Hampshire is bounded on the north by Berks, on the east by Surrey and Sussex, on the south by the English Channel, and on the west by Dorsetshire and Wiltshire.
Transcribed from Kelly's Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire, the Isle of Wight, and the Channel Islands, 1911