Fareham in old picture postcards

Fareham in old picture postcards

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59. This second example of the panoramic view eard shows a peaeeful West Street pictured looking eastwards from the top of Portland Street. On the right, next to the Congregational Chureh, is the gateway to the market with the sign above reading 'The Fareham Cattle Auction Market Sales every Monday at 10.30 a.m.', Next door, at the Town Hall, is showing a play ealled 'Mice and Men' in aid of the Portsmouth Hospital. This was a sample of the wide variety of entertainments held upstairs in this building, ranging from plays to coneerts by military bands and Fareham's own Philharmonie Society, dances and even at one time a waxworks. Interesting to note on the lower right hand window of the building the words Working Men's Club. Presumably the club was held here before moving to Kings Road and more reeently to Mill Road.

60. The top-hatted coachmen with their hors es and carriages are lined up along the side of Fareham West Street opposite the town hall. They are entirely engulfed by the large crowd standing patiently awaiting the announcement of the result of the South Hants Division election result. This was in the general election held on 20th January 1906. A feature of this crowd scene is the wide variety of headgear on display. The top hats, bowlers and assorted caps of the men mixing with the Sunday best hats and bonnets of the ladies. Amazing that in all this crowd there is not a bare head in sight although there probably was when Mr. A.H. Lee was announced as the winner. In the right background of this picture can be seen the long established shoe shop of Mr. G. Oliver.

61. What scenes of jubilation on this postcard by Portsmouth photographer S. Cribb showing the events in Fareham on 20th January 1906. The successful Conservative candidate Mr. A.H. Lee and Iris wife are seen in their car outside Fareham Town Hall surrounded by enthusiastic supporters after the declaration of the election results. The message on the back of the card reads 'Ted went to Fareham to hear it declared, the crowd nearly went mad at the result. Arthur went with him and said he could hardly keep him in the cart'. Mr. Lee was defending the seat he had won for the Conservatives in 1900. In the Balfour Government of 1903 he had served as Civil Lord of the Admiralty. He was to go on to win another two elections in 1910 the second unopposed.

62. After four years in office the Conservative Government went to the country again in January 1910. This was the scene outside the Connaught Drill Hall in the West Street as the counting of the votes was nearing completion. As the photographer Mr. S. Cribb comments the crowd is being controlled by the 'Thin Blue Line' of policemen. FIOm the look of the picture they do not appear to be experiencing any problems. No doubt things warmed up a trifle when the eventual armouncement of the election result proc1aimed that Conservative M.P. Mr. A.H. Lee had once again successfully defended his seat. The mass of opposition posters in the background encouraging everyone to 'Vote for Sandy' obviously had very little effect.

63. Mr. A.H. Lee is pictured here by S. Cribb at the scene of yet another election triumph. On this occasion he has just been returned as the successful candidate for the South Hants division in January 1910. He is seen standing at the second floor window of the Connaught Drill Hall building in Fareharn's West Streel. Fareham or Harnpshire South constituency returned a Tory in all thirteen elections from 1900 to 1945. Arthur Hamilton Lee was born in Bridport, Dorset in 1868 and entered the Royal Artillery in 1888. He returned from the army in 1900 and successfully contested four elections in the next ten years. In 1917 as Lord Lee of Fareham he and his wife presented the mansion and estates of Chequers in Buckinghamshire on trust to the nation for the use of all future Prime Ministers.

64. Before the days of radio, relevision and the cinema people had to make their own entertainment. In the summer all kinds of galas and fetes were held, whilst winter months saw friends gathering for musical evenings and whist or ping-pong parties. Always looking for new ideas, the Edwardians came up with the notion of combining an indoor and outdoor event in the form of a Living Whist Fete. On these occasions each participating person took the place of a playing card and were manipulated into tricks as the fete progressed. No efforts were spared in the making of the playing card costumes and these colourful events became very popular. This picture by photographer Russell of Southsea shows a Living Whist Fete being enacted before an attentive audience on 6th July 1910 in Fareham.

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65. Windmills date back to at least the 12th century, although the man responsible for the original idea of harnessing the wind to provide power is not known. They were usually used to grind corn, with the wind driven sails transmitting power through linked gearing to drive the grinding stones, Records show that there were around tWD thousand windmills in operation in England at the turn of the century, most of them located in the south-eastern part of the country. Being dependant on catching the wind they needed to be sited on high or open ground. The mill at Peel Common pictured here by William Smith in 1908 was well placed to catch the prevailing south-westerly wind sweeping in from the Solent. This windmill stood in Newgate Lane and was a landmark for miles around before its demolition in 1926.

66. Most of the farmland surrounding the Peel Common Windmill was owned by the Holliday family of Rome Farm. The immaculate dairy cart and beautifully groomed horse posing for this 1904 photograph were no doubt heading for alocal gymkhana, Horse-drawn dairy carts were a feature of Fareham roads long after they had disappeared from most other districts. This was mainly due to the tewn's most famous dairy farmer Tom Parker, who was distributing his milk this way as late as the 1960's. This hard working business man built up a large dairy farming concern in Fareham and played an active part in its running until his death in 1982, at the age of eighty-six.



Waiting for Priocess Henry at F areham Railway Station.

67. For many years Fareham had seen members of the royal family passing through Fareham Station, usuallyen route to or from the Isle of Wight. Osborne House on the Island having been the favourite residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It was in Osborne House in 1901 that the old queen died and Fareham Station witnessed the sombre sight of her funeral train passing through on its way back to London. Now at last, in October 1905, a mernber of the royal family was to step off the train at Fareham for an official visit. This long overdue royal visitor was Princess Henry of Battenburg who was at that time the Gavernor of the Isle of Wight. This history making day saw the railway platform crowded with an excited reception committee. Amongst those waiting at the gaily decorated station were local dignitories, railway staff, several finely dressed ladies and some members of the army complete with regimental mascot.

Royal Visit to Fareham: Proce ss ion in West Streel.

68. Fareham had never witnessed scenes like this before as people came from miles around to see the royal procession passing along a tree-lined West Street in 1905. The royal visitor had become Princess Henry on her marriage to Prince Henry of Battenburg in 1885. Prior to that, this youngest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was called Princess Beatrice. As a close companion of the queen before her marriage, the princess had also spent much time on the Isle of Wight, and it was there in the little church at Whippingham that she had been married. Her husband was later made Captain and Governor of the Isle of Wight and they lived there happily, being blessed with four children. Then in 1896, whilst with an expeditionary force in Africa, Prince Henry contracted malaria from which he died. Bravely putting the death of her husband, and five years later that of her mother aside, the Princess took up the threads again carrying out countless royal engagements like this one at Fareham in 1905 and at neighbouring Gosport in 1907.

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