SEARCHING PARISH REGISTERS ONLINE
There are many websites offering online records, but the one that stands out above the rest is TheGenealogist. This is a vast online research site,
holding complete BMD and census records, along with Parish Registers, military records, directories, non-conformist records, and much more.
Parish records are available in two formats - transcripts/database records and searchable printed books. The database records consist of easily searched transcripts of the
original records which allow you to search on various fields and may also have linked images of the original registers. The searchable books consist of indexed books that were transcribed and
published many years ago, many over 110 years old. These transcript books have then been OCR'd (Optical Character Recognition) to turn the pages into searchable text.
ANCESTRY HAS BEEN BUSY
Ancestry has updated its collection of WW! Pension Ledgers and Index Cards for 1914-1923. The collection already holds the records of pensions
applications from military personnel who were injured during the war, and the next of kin of those killed. These new additions are records for injured Army, Navy and Royal Air Force officers; women
who served, such as nurses; and officers’ widows. The records are indexed on Ancestry, while images of the originals are available on fold3.com.
PORTSMOUTH RECORD OFFICE
New records just added include Description Substantial oral history collections (over 1100 recordings) relating to Portsmouth history and to D-Day,
subjects including Portsmouth dockyard, the Home Front in WW2, Leisure, the Chinese, Bangladeshi and Caribbean communities, corset making, ferry workers, local rock musicians, D-Day and the Battle
Lee-on-Solent, often referred to as Lee-on-Solent, is a small seaside Ward of the Borough of Gosport in Hampshire, England, about five miles (8 km)
west of Portsmouth. The area is located on the coast of the Solent. It is primarily a residential area, with an upsurge of mostly local visitors in summer, but is well known as the former home to the
Royal Naval Air Station HMS Daedalus.
The district gained its name in the 19th century, during attempts to develop the area into a seaside resort. The area had been referenced long before this, referred to as Lee and
numerous variations, including Lebritan. Early impetus for the district's development came from Charles Edmund Newton Robinson who persuaded his father, John Charles Robinson, art curator and
collector, to fund the buying of land. Over the period 1884 to 1894 the district was established with the setting out of Marine Parade, a pier, railway connection along with a number of impressive
red brick villas. The railway service was discontinued in the 1930s and the pier, unrepaired after breaching in aid of Coastal defence in World War II and was demolished in 1958.
Lee-on-the Solent has had a long association with aviation. Seaplane trials took place at Lee-on-the-Solent as early as 1915. A base for seaplane training was established in 1917
on the former RNAS Lee-on-Solent, formerly HMS Daedalus,
In 1935 the Lee Tower complex was built on the seafront next to the old pier and railway station. It was designed by architects Yates, Cook & Derbyshire, and comprised a white
v-shaped Art Deco building with a 120-foot (37 m) tower. The complex housed a cinema, ballroom and restaurant, as well as a viewing platform at the tower's peak. The complex was demolished in 1971 by
Gosport Borough Council, with its land now used for the promenade, remembrance gardens and a car park
PORTSMOUTH, THE NAVY AND THE DOCKYARD
Portsmouth is world famous for its harbour and naval Dockyard. In 12495 the first dry dock anywhere was built near the site of No. 2 Dock, where
Victory now rests, and this was the beginning of the present-day Dockyard.
HMS VICTORY, the best-known and best-loved ship in Britain is the longest-serving ship in the world and is still commissioned as the flagship of the Commander-in-Chief,
Naval Home Command.
Victory, the fifth ship in the Royal Navy to bear that name, was built in Chatham and launched in 1765. At the outbreak of war with France in 1778, she became the flagship of
Admiral Keppel in command of the Channel Fleet. Victory was a first-rate ship of the line was the home of Nelson for two years without setting a foot ashore. At Trafalgar her complement was 850
officers and men. On 15th September 1805, Admiral Lord Nelson left Portsmouth and resumed command of the fleet blocking Cadiz. On 21st October the English, under Nelson’s command defeated the
combined fleets of France and Spain off Cape Trafalgar. Nelson was killed at the height of the battle.
In 1922 Victory was placed in dry dock and restored to the state she had been in at Trafalgar. Since then she has been visited by millions of sightseers.
HILSEA LINES AND FORT CUMBERLAND
In the eighteenth century a line of fortifications was built to protect Portsea Island from the mainland - in case an enemy landed on a nearby beach
and approached from the north. The Lines were reconstructed in 1858-60 and a moat was dug out parallel to Portscreek. This was almost immediately reduced to being a second line of defence by the
building of the forts on Portsdown Hill. Large sections of the Lines can still be seen.
Fort Cumberland was built in the 1740s to protect the entrance to Langstone Harbour. It was built around Cumberland Farm House which had been used as a shooting lodge by the Duke of Cumberland. The
fort was reconstructed later in the century using convict labour; the convicts were accommodated on old hulks moored in Langstone Harbour. It is now recognised to be the finest example of an
eighteenth-century bastioned fort in the British Isles. It was used by the Royal Marines Artillery and then the Royal Marines until 1973.