Hampshire Archives of 1890


31st May

Drunkeness charge
Al Alton Petty sessions on Tuesday the llandlord of the Jolly Farmer public house in Binsted was charged with allowing drunkenness on the premises on the evening of 19th September.

Mr Godwin of Winchester, appeared for the defendant.

PC Nicholson stated that he looked, on the evening in question, into defendant's tap room and saw a gamekeeper so drunk he could scarecely sit.. Witness called the landlord's attention to him, and he said that if he was drunk, it was nothing to him and that he must get sober again. Witness remained outside until the inn turned out at 10 o'clock.

The gamekeeper fell down as he left the door, and witness lifted him up and a man assisted to get him home. A carter who was at the house the same evening, said he saw the gamekeeper served with a pint of beer; he seemed very well then, but when he got outside he fell down more than once.

For the defence, three witnesses stated they were at the Jolly Farmer on the same night, and saw the gamekeeper there, who did not appear to be drunk. The defendant admitted serving the gamekeeper there, who did not appear to be drunk. The defendant admitted serving the gamekeeper, who came in about 6 o'clock, with two pints of beer, and his wife served him with two pints, but he appeared to be quite sober, and there was no reason to believe he was the worse for drink.

The chairman said it was perfectly clear that the offence was committed. Defendant would be fines £2 and costs, the licence to be endorsed.

Mr W. Trimmer addressed the bench on behalf of the owners, stating that the defendant had received notice to quit, and he hoped the bench would would reconsideir their decision as to the endorsement of the licence. This the bench declined to do.


Music at the new pier

The Wednesday instrumental concerts at the South Parade Pier, Southsea, were opened for the season last night, and notwithstanding the prevalence of a cold wind, visitors assembled in goodly numbers. A programme of great interest was carried through by the band of the Royal Marine Artillery, under the leadership of Mr J, Winterbottom, and several of the items were rapturously encored. The pavilion was prettily illuminated for the occasion.




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. 


Wedding at Southsea
On Wednesday a pretty wedding was solemnised at Kent-road Congregational Church, between Mr William Lucius Curtis, of Sydney House School, Southsea and Miss E.J. Fuller, eldest daughter of Mr H. Fuller TC. The Reverend John Oates, the new pastor, officiated.


County bench
At the Court-house, on Thursday, before Admiral Murray Aynsley, Mr W.H. Myers and Colonel Bower, Henry Terry of Bishop’s Waltham, was fined 1s and 10s costs for allowing his dog to wander in the street without a muzzle. Adam Light, of Bishop’s Waltham, was convicted of being drunk on Licensed premises, and was fined 10s and 1s costs





Windowfire at Kingston
On Tuesday evening as Robert Williams, an errand boy employed at the branch office of Mt Alex Stannard, brewer, at 287 Fratton-road, Kingston, was lighting the gas, he accidentally dropped a match upon the light decorative material, which instantly ignited. Constable Gardner, who was passing at the time, saw the danger, and with the assistance of Mr James Brockway of Kilmiston-street, and others, and the fire was extinguished with buckets of water. Some of the stock, however, was considerably damaged


Seasonable charity
Mr Oldfield has again kindly given four tons of coal to the poor of the parish of St Mary’s, Kingston. The gict was much appreciated by the recipients.


The Magnificent weather

The magnificent weather of Monday made a perfect holiday for pleasure seekers, of whom many thousands were astir.

The New Forest was the scene of many picnics on Monday and the trains from Saturday afternoon  to Monday were unusually heaviky laden. At Lyndhurst on Saturday evening it was next to impossible to get a bed.too advantage of the generous

Netley Abbey and its vacinity was largely patronised, while very many people strolling in the grounds of Red Lodge in Southampton to see the display of rhododendrons.

The Isle of Wight Steam Packet Company ran their new steamer Solent Queen to Bournemouth and then on to Swanage; the Her Majesty went round the island and were afforded an excellent view of the ill-fated barque Irex, stranded in Stratchells Bay.

The London and South-Western Railway company ran excursions to London, Bournemouth and other towns, and also issued cheap return tickets to Salisbury and Portsmouth.


Napoleon's burial
Napoleon III, a nephew of Napoleon I, expected to be buried in the vault of the church of Saint-Leu in France, but the French rejected him in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War and, like previous French exiles he preferred the free air of Britain to any other country as the place to live out his enforced retirement in exile. He died in January 1873 and was buried in Chislehurst, Kent.






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