A search of the Hampshire 1861 census for people born in Italy reveals interesting information about Italian immigrants.
There is a mix of British subjects born in Italy and Italians with Italian surnames. What is surprising is that a number of those with Italian surnames were musicians. Many were lodging in public houses in Portsmouth, together with hawkers and showmen from all over Europe.
One such musician was FRANCISCO FRIVALON. He was aged 25 years and born in Italy. He was one of twenty people lodging at the Tiger in Portsea Island, Portsmouth. The others were from Britain, Germany, Ireland and of course Italy. One can imagine the evenings spent in this public house!
Francisco does not appear in the National Archives as applying to become a naturalized citizen of Britain. It would be interesting however to use this 2013 National Archives release of documents which include naturalisation records, to find out which immigrant families in Hampshire stayed here.
Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum
Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum In the 1840s there was a legal requirement for every county to have its own asylum, the result being that Hampshire purchased the land at Knowle Farm near Fareham in order to construct the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum.
Don’t Always Believe It
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Village Booklet – 095 Highclere – is now available.
Highclere (VB095) is a long, narrow parish running south from the Berkshire county border just west of the A34. The southern part is on the Hampshire Downs with woodland and parkland covering most of the north. Highclere Park, including Highclere Castle, which is famous for the TV series Downton Abbey, is the well known building […]
Portsmouth Methodist Orange Street Register
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Closure of the New Forest Group
Sadly our New Forest Group held its last meeting in December. The very first meeting was held at the home of Jacqueline Stone on the 14th June 1980, but over the past two years attendance has dropped off making it not viable to continue the meetings. Mike Hobbs, who has been the group co-ordinator for […]