Trincomalee is one of two surviving British frigates of her era—her near-sister HMS Unicorn (of the modified Leda class) is now a museum ship in Dundee. After being ordered on 30 October 1812,                   Trincomalee was built in Bombay, India

due to oak shortages in Britain as a result of shipbuilding drives for the Napoleonic Wars. The ship was named Trincomalee after the 1782 Battle of Trincomalee off the Ceylon port of that name. 
     Work on the Trincomalee began in May 1816. Ceremonially an engraved silver nail was hammered into the ship's keel by the master shipbuilder this being considered vital for the ship's well-being. With a construction cost of £23,000, Trincomalee was launched on 12 October 1817. Captain Philip Henry sailed her to Portsmouth Dockyard, where she arrived on 30 April 1819, with a journey costing £6,600. During the maiden voyage the ship arrived at Saint Helena on 24 January 1819, where she stayed for 6 days, leaving with an additional passenger, a surgeon who had attended Napoleon  on the island.
     After being fitted out at a further cost of £2,400, Trincomalee was placed in reserve until 1845, when she was re-armed with fewer guns giving greater firepower, had her stern reshaped and was reclassified as a sixth-rate corvette.
     Trincomalee departed from Portsmouth in 1847 and remained in service for ten years, serving on the North American  and West Indies station. During her time, she was to help quell riots in Haiti and stop a threatened invasion of Cuba, and serve on anti-slavery patrol. In 1849, she was despatched to Newfoundland and Labrador before being recalled to Britain in 1850. In 1852 she sailed to join the Pacific Squadron on the west coast of America.

     She finished her Royal Navy service as a training ship, but was placed in reserve again in 1895 and sold for scrap two years later on 19 May 1897. She was then purchased by entrepreneur George Wheatley Cobb, restored, and renamed Foudroyant in honour of HMS Foufroyant, his earlier ship that had been wrecked in 1897.
     She was used in conjunction with HMS Implacable as an accommodation ship, a training ship, and a holiday ship based in Falmouth then Portsmouth. She remained in service until 1986, after which she was again restored and renamed back to Trincomalee in 1992. 
     The stern quarter of HMS Trincomalee is now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, and following her recent restoration has become the centrepiece of the National Museum of the Royal Navy based in Hartlepool. 
Trincomalee holds the distinction of being the oldest British warship still afloat as HMS Victory, although 52 years her senior, is in dry dock.




     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. 



     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 World War. 

The records can be searched by name to find an individual's rank, service number and the year they were commended.

The records may also be found in the London Gazette which you can find on










was 11,048

and has now reached 2,901,145

Total updated 1st June, 2021




     This was the heading I used for previous updates, but with the indecisions that still are affecting us between the Council who have said "yes" to re-opening and the church authorities saying, well I don't think I really know, but we have been given thge date for officially opening as 21st June.  This still stands but whichever way it goes we are still having problems. We normally close for the month of August and so with just rwo other months for some decisions to be made, we must be looking to September for someone to say "yes" to us. This really saddens me, but as you can see, we really are still stuck through nothing of our doing.

     Thankfully our websites are still proving very popular and are therefore keeping us in touch with people all over the world, but my end of reasoning this time is frankly "I just do not know the answer" and we could become a victim of the 'Dreaded Pandemic' using the words I started with, and possibly be forced to close. One saving help to our life would be about having half-a-dozen new members or so to replace those who have sadly become victims of the Covid and are sadly no more. If you can help by dropping us an Email and letting us know, we will all be exceedingly grateful. To those who have passed on may


God bless them and may they rest peace.




Luddite -  Originally one of a group of factory workers looseley joined in a movement to smash factory machinery which was taking away the jobs of manual workers Later the term was applied to anyone who refused to take on new ideas or working methods.

oblate - Usually the child of a wealthy person who was put into a manastery to be taught there.
pantaloon maker - Prior to the mid-1800s, only used to describe a maker of the type of mens 'long johns', being stockings and under-breeches all in one. 
provost - A kind of estate manager in manorial times. In Scotland a chief magistrate or burgh mayor.

stacker - A stone quarry worker. Also a general term in factories for someone who stacks any sort of goods.

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