Hampshire Archives of 1891


4th April, 1891


Selling bread by weight

It is understood that the authorities are very dissatisfied by the decision of the Southampton magistrates in dismissing a number of summonses against bakers for selling bread otherwise than by weight, and that further proceedings will be taken in the matter.

The question involved is whether a baker is compelled to weight bread over the counter, without being asked to do so by the customer, and whilst the tradesmen contend that they weigh before the bread goes into the oven, and therefore only have to re-weight when asked, the authorities urge that it is necessary for the bread to be weighed, whether the customer so desires or not.


Curfew over

The big bell at Romsey Abbey rang out for a considerable time on Saturday evening, twlling that the six winter months during which the curfew rings had expired. The bell will now be silent till 21st September next.

Completion of the restoration of the magnificent screen at Winchester Cathedral which is now filled with appropriate statues, is fittingly earmarked by an illustrated account of the work by the Dean. The work was commenced as a memorial to the late Archdeacon Jacob who died in December 1884, and was first thrown open to the sight of all at the enthronement of Dr Thorold on 3rd March last.


Express post established

There was established yesterday in Southampton in connection with  the Post Office a system of express delivery by which letters and parcels acceptged at the Head Post Office, High Street, and Oxford Street branch office will be forwarded immediately by messenger direct to any part of the town postal dostrict, including Freemantle and Shirley.

The system will be extended to the



offices at Bevois Hill, Freemantle, Northam, Prospect Place and Shirley on 6th April. The fee for the conveyance of aletter or parcel, in addition to the ordinary postage will be 2d for the first mile or under. There will be no delivery of letters and parcels on Sundays, Good Friday or Christmas Day.


Bank notes disappear

A remarkable disappearance of bank notes from the Southampton branch of the National Provincial Bank occurred on Wednesday. It seems that during Wednesday morning a respectably dressed man, having the appearance of a country farmer, cashed a deposit notw, and was paid in gold and notes. Shortly afterwards he complained that the latter - ten notes for £5 each - had disappeared. He said that he had put them on a seat, whilst he transferred th gold to a purse, and when he stopped to pick up the notes from the seat he found they had disappeared.

The police were promptly communicated with, and steps taken to stop payment of the notes, the numbers of which are known.


Monday a new postal despatch commenced for Easteigh and Basingstoke. A bag is now made up daily and despatched by the travelling post office attached to the 3.15 passenger train from Southampton to London. Letters for London and intermediate towns are now delivered the same evening if posted at Eastleigh before 3 o'clock in the afternoon.


Palace excavations

Under the directions of Sir William Jenner, some excavations are at the present time being carried on at the Bishop's Palace, Bishop's Waltham, with a view to opening out the whole of the outline of the building.

Seven rooms have been cleared out, some of them covered with coloured tile pavements; in one the pavement




was complete. At the bottom of the tower three steps were found in good preservation, which doubtless formed part of the grand staircase. A semi-circular building which has been uncovered is thought to be the chapel.

The articles recovered include some coins which have been sent to London for identification; also a spoon, supposed to be of the date of Henry VIII.


Holiday for laying of Railway Institute foundation stone

Mr Jonas Nichols, the contractor for the erection of the railway company's new institute in Eastleigh recreation ground, has this work well in hand, and Saturday 9th May has been fixed on by the directors as the day for laying the foundation stone.

The chairman of the company, the Hon RH Dutton, has consented to lay the stone, and his co-directors, Mr Scottet, the general manager, and other officials of the company, have also intimated their intention of being present.

The committeee have a good  programme for the day, which includes a public luncheon in the day and a ball in the evening; and there will also be sports at the recreation ground.

By consent of the directors, the luncheon and ball will be held in the company's new sheds. It is expected the occasion will be made a general holiday at Eastleigh. Tickets at special fares will be issued from all stations in the district.

The Southampton Dock Company give notice that, under sanction of the Trinity House and the Southampton Harbour Board, the entrance to the Empress Dock will, after 9th May, be shown at night by the display of a white light on each pier head. The two green lights, placed virtically, at the end of the extension quay, will be discontinued at the same date.



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