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.
Old Alresford village booklet now available
Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]
Knowle War Memorial
Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]
Free Data in the Members’ Area
For some time HGS has had the intention of making some of its large collection of Family History data available to members in the Members’ Area of our website. With the development of our website we have now been able to begin this process and the first set to be introduced is of various ‘small churchyards’ […]
RIP Private Herbert Frank French
Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]
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We have recently been passed a copy of a photograph with a request for more information, maybe the location or the purpose. A comment with the photo says that the men were in training but didn’t say what for.