Hampshire Archives of 1890


25th October


Turning the first sod

The ceremony of turning the first sod of a new railway which is to connect the rising seaside resort of Lee-on-the-Solent with the South-Western railway and so bring it within a three hours journey of London, was performed on Wednesday by Mr HC Poland, chairman of the railway company.

The proceedings were witnessed by a large number of persons.Lee-on-the-Solent, judging by its rapid progress during the past 12 months, is destined to become a favourite seaside resort. Already it is dotted with handsome and red brick houses,, and a great number of estates have been laid out for hotels and boarding houses. A pier, 750 ft long, with a commodious pavilion, upon which £10,000 has been expended, has recently been completed.

The new railway will run along the coast from Brockhurst, having a station at Privett, and terminating at a station within a few yards of Lee pier.

A luncheon and sale of building sites followed the official beginning of the railway, which is to be completed by 1st July.


Fare crowds city

The usual pleasure fare crowded and obstructed Winchester High Street on Thursday and the following day with the miscellaneous collection of booths, vans, buyers and sellers peculiar to such occasions, and much animation prevailed. A more than usual number of peripateties and vehicles attended, upwards of 30 caravans travelling down Southampto Road alone.



Drunk farmer fined

At the Romsey County  Bench on Thursday, a farmer was charged with being drunk and disorderly in the highway at King's Somborne on 29th September, and as this was his fourteenth appearance for the same offence he was fined 10s, and costs 11s 6d or in default 10 days.


Library approved

Southampton Town Council on Wednesday agreed by 19 votes to 12, to the recommendation of the library committee that a free site on that portion of the public lands between Vincent's Walk and Victoria Road, east of the road at the back of the Royal Hotel, be appropriated to the Free Library. It was stated that the requirements have altogether outgrown the temporary premises hired in St Mary's Street, A public inquiry will be the next step.


Football at County Ground

On Saturday afternoon there was a large assembly of spectators at the County Ground, Southampton, to witness the first football contest this season between Hampshire and Sussex.

The weather was gloriously fine but there was rather a strong wind blowing towards the bowling green goal. Both counties were strongly represented. Hampshire led the attack at the opening, and after a well contested game Hampshire led the field victors by two goals to one. Only  40 minutes was played each way.




Performing bears arrive

The Garonne, from Bordeaux with wine, arrived at Southampton  docks on Wednesday morning and landed six foreigners with six performing bears. The men had no money  with which to pay the dock dues on their animals, and conssequently they were detained. One of the men could speak broken English, and he made the proposal that a policeman should accompany them round the town, while they made a collection. This course was not assented to, and eventually one of he men went to the French consul in order to raise the necessary funds.


Water rises in new dock

The water which was admitted into the new deep water dock at Southampton a few weeks ago has now reached the depth of 25ft, which is low water level, though some berths towards the centre have 27ft or 28ft of water in them. Through the action of the Board of Trade, dresging operations have been completely suspended, but it is hoped that works will be resumed very shortly. Operations onshore are being pushed forward with much rapidity, and will be completed within a few weeks.





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