HGS Village booklet series – Extracts
An extract from Number 25 – Hambledon and the Parish of St Peter & St Paul
After the Reformation there was still a strong Catholic presence in the parish because in the 1560s a total of sixteen Catholics paid fines rather than attend the new church. Then in the 1725 Visitations it was stated that there were nineteen Papists in the parish as well as about fourteen Anabaptists, the latter met fortnightly in a private house. Among the meeting house certificates issued was one on 26 February 1726 for the Baptists meeting in the house of William LUFF. Other certificates issued were for the house of Henry BUTLER in 1739, then on 4 April 1802 for a place of Mr. TRIBE that was previously a storehouse near the New Inn and on 1 January 1818 for the house of cordwainer Reuben SHADWELL where William GRIFFITH of Winchester was the Methodist Minister.
The final certificate in the HRO was issued on 1 March 1826 for the house of Moses WHITTINGHAM who was a Baptist. It is not clear if the last two were actually in Hambledon or in Denmead and in the 1851 Religious Census mention is made of the Hambledon Independent church which was founded about 1805 and where John SHIELD of Martins Corner was the manager. Martins Corner was in Ervills tithing but the worship may have been in Hambledon. Certainly in 1864 the Primitive Methodist Chapel, also known as Ebenezer Chapel, was built in Green Lane and still has an active congregation. What records survive for this church are in the Droxford Methodist Circuit documents in the HRO 58M75/NM5 series.
An extract from Number 14 – Buriton and the Parish of St Mary
The will of John GOODYER who died in 1664 established a charity to end the welfare and education of poor children in Weston. This started a series of Dame Schools in the tithing which continued until the 1890’s when schooling finished but funds from the charity were still used to help children. Known mistresses for the school were Ann LOUGH in 1841, Ann NORRIS in 1851 and then Mary PANNELL, wife of William, taught in a cottage in Wylds Lane from at least 1861 to 1891. Mary was buried on 27th March 1915 aged 87.
In 1833 schooling in the village was started when the Revd. Charles BOYLES set up a classroom in a cottage which later became the Infant School. A new National School was built in 1846 but only for girls, the boys having to walk to the school in Petersfield. Mrs. Eliza KNIGHT was the Infant School mistress in 1851 and 1855, in 1861 Catherine WELSH was the mistress and was still there in 1875, the year that the Infants and the National School were combined. Elizabeth Caroline CLARKE was the National School mistress in 1855 followed by Ruth NASH in 1861 and then Rhoda JOHNSON in 1871 and Ann LEAF in 1875. In 1887 Mr. H. ALLISON was appointed master, which meant that at last boys were able to go to the village school. In 1889 Alfred Richard and his wife Helen Mary PATRICK filled the teacher’s positions, both staying there until at least 1923.
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
Don’t Always Believe It The tendency is to accept what appears in official documents as being correct. As usual there are always exceptions to the rules and in genealogy there can be quite a few.
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
Mixed Methodist details in Portsmouth Orange Street Methodist Independent register Many interesting entries appear in the 1785 to 1837 Methodist Independent register for the Orange Street chapel. Some entries include the address where baptisms took place while others have additional details. An example was Octavius Henry JACKSON who was born on 6 February 1829 […]
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 […]