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A HAMPSHIRE treasure has been awarded a coveted place on a national memorial register.

The Winchester Pipe Rolls were one of only 20 artefacts selected from across the UK’s archives, libraries and museums, to make it on to the Unesco UK Memory of the World Register.

The accolade means the rolls have presented outstanding heritage of the UK.

The Pipe Rolls are the most complete set of manorial accounts in the country, dating from 1208/09, almost unbroken to 1710/11.

They hold records of income and expenditure across the Bishop of Winchester’s estates across southern England, from Surrey to Somerset and from the Isle of Wight to Oxfordshire.

Head of culture and recreation councillor Keith Chapman said: ‘The Pipe Rolls are iconic and valued as a treasure among the vast Hampshire Record Office collections.

‘It is a true honour for the team that look after them to have them not only nominated, but also accepted.’