The Borough of Havant in old picture postcards

The Borough of Havant in old picture postcards

:   Peter N. Rogers
:   Hampshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-3182-7
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89. A particularIy pleesant view of Emsworth shows its houses bordering onto the northern reaches of the harbour and a variety of local beats, probably about to take advantage of the high tide to be off fishing. These were the days when Emsworth's economy depended largely on its fishing and oyster industry. The Emsw.orth Brewery, long since closed, is the tall structure on the left, with the old 'Anchor' public house standing before it.

90. Looking along this slightly downhill road towards the bridge and mill ponds, it is difficult to realise that until recently this was the main and only road through Emsworth to Chichester and beyend. Queen Victoria is said to have travelled this way en route to Portsmouth, hence Queen Street. Happily the changes have been few here, and in 1985 the buildings remain much as they are seen in this postcard view.

91. Emsworth has the distinction of having one foot in each of two counties, Hampshire and West Sussex, the county boundary dividing the town. The Round House, although now demolished, was situated at the southern end of the mill pond and was, of course, in West Sussex.

92. Another West Sussex location, the subject is Lumley Mill, built on the eastern side of the River Ems. Lumley, today, remains a tiny detached community whieh has somehow managed to preserve its identity. Almost a hamlet in its own right, it is hoped that it ean remain remote and unspoiled.

93. It was Margaret, Countess of Salisbury, who, in the early years of the sixteenth century, built Warblington Castle on what was already an ancient site. Certainly the Romans were here and later came the Saxons who created a settlement which was to last until the thirteenth century when Ernsworth became the principal local village. King Henry VIII conferred upon Margaret the title of Countess of Salisbury, yet it was he who subsequently ordered her execution when she refused to abandon her Catholic ideals. The story is wellknown of her obstinacy on the scaffold when she, rejecting the order to kneel at the block, had her head severed with several hacking blows whilst still on her feet. Vandalising bands of Crornwell's soldiers demolished the castle during the Civil War, leaving only one turret standing gaunt against the sky; pointing like a recriminating finger!

Warblington CastIe.

94. Originally dedicated to St. Mary, Warblington's Church of St. Thomas รก Becket is, in part preConquest and as such can claim to be the oldest building in the Borough. Several building styles contribute to its structure and, rernarkably, some of the Saxon work is found only in the upper levels, the lower Saxon sections being removed and cleverly replaced by the later builders. In the graveyard are two smal! buildings of unusual design and use. They were built to conceal the watchmen who were ernployed to proteet the newly buried dead from the bodysnatchers; these, the 'Resurrectionists', stole corpses which they then sold to students of anatomy for dissectien and research.

95. This minor junction on the Emsworth Road, near Warblington village, was also the site of the forge and the Green Pond. The road was, until the building of the Havant by-pass in 1965, the main route to Chichester and Brighton. A turning to the left leads to Denvilles, Havant's residential suburb, and to Warblington railway halt, which is a stopping place on the Chichester to Portsmouth line. The forge is now the site of a modern shop and the pond has become a very attractive garden area.

96. This delightful Edwardian scene shows the Green Pond in earlier days when it was obviously a much cherished feature of Warblington village. Probably an attraction on a local country walk and no more than one mile from Havant town centre, it would have been a popular spot to visit on summer weekends.

97. In the early years of the twentieth century, the London Brighton and South Coast Railway introduced a commuter service between Chichester and Portsmouth. In addition to the regular stations en route, railway halts were also established. A stopping service of locomotives, known as 'Motor Trains', was introduced and the extra stops were called Motor Halts. Warblington, with its growing residential district of Denvilles, became one of these selected stops and the Warblington Motor Halt pictured on this postcard came into existence.

98. In 1915, the main road to Hayling Island was adequate' for the relatively few vehicles which would have used it. The toll gate at Hayling's road bridge was located at the Langstone shore and, together with the local railway crossing, was responsible for the massive traffie queues which were experienced with the growing popularity of the motor car in the 1930's.

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