ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, PURBROOK
Purbrook is an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1858 out of the parish of Farlington; it is on the road from Petersfield to Portsmouth, 2 miles north
from Cosham station on the direct Portsmouth line of the London and South Western railway, 4 north-west from Havant and 5 ½ north from Portsmouth, in the Southern division of the county, union of
Havant, hundred of Portsdown, Portsmouth county court district, Fareham petty sessional division, rural deanery of Landport and archdeaconry and diocese of Winchester. The church
of St. John the Baptist, erected at a cost of £2,100, is a building of flint with stone dressings in the Decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, south aisle, vestry, south porch and a western
tower containing a striking clock, placed in 1892, in accordance with a bequest of Mr. Seymour Taylor: all the windows in the chancel and several in the nave are stained: a new organ was provided in
1891, and in 1893 a carved oak reredos was erected by Miss Taylor in memory of her uncle: there are 160 sittings: the churchyard is kept with great care. The register dates from the year 1858. The
living is a vicarage, net income £41, with residence, in the gift of the rector of Farlington, and held since 1886 by the Rev. Henry Almack Spyers B.D. of Balliol College, Oxford, and surrogate. The
Primitive Methodist chapel here was erected in 1878. Purbrook Heath House is the seat of Thomas William Harvey esq. The principal landowners are W. H. Deverell
esq. of Bossington House, who is lord of the manor, Capt. George Staunton Lynch-Staunton J.P. and Thomas Thistlethwayte esq. of Southwick Park.
THE LONGEST ROUTE
In the 1930s, when trams were one of the main forms of transport in Southampton, a passenger who travelled every day to work at the docks from Shirley
was estimated to clock up 4.125 miles every year. The longest route local people could take was from the Floating Bridge, through the town centre and Sholing to arrive on the other side of the
Itchen, six-and-a-quarter miles later.
Thousands of records of Middlesex Baptisms have been added this week from Ealing, Harrow, Hayes and Hillingdon.
Royal Air Force personnel records, 32,000 in number, appear in a new database and are the names of personnel who were mantioned in dispatches during the Second
The records can be searched by name to find an individual's rank, service number and the year they were commended.
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