WESTBOURNE

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In writing this account of my youth in Westbourne some memories may have dimmed and events may have been unintentionally changed from facts. Over the last 70 years as memories have been recalled to children, grand children, family and friends the facts can sometimes become scrambled to make them more interesting. It is a bit like the game we used to play in the scouts called whispers. The lads would stand in a line and the first would whisper a message into the ear of the next until the last lad would say out loud what the message is. A famous one is that the message was 'send reinforcements we are going to advance' and ended as ‘send two and sixpence we are going to a dance'.

Unfortunately the events were never written down or kept in a diary. Unlike when tracing the family history where birth, marriage and death certificates together with census records provide a valuable source of facts, as was the information in wills. An important help has been the many photographs taken over the years. Perhaps part of my dilemma is best summarised when Donald Rumsfeld (US Politician)  said  












There are known knowns.

These are things we know that we know.

There are known unknowns.

That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know.
But there are also unknown unknowns.
There are things we don't know we don't know.  

This web site is just one part of my history. The family trees of the Hart/Woodcock on my father's side, Turnbull/Horton on my mother's side and Pirrie/Simpson on my wife's side are recorded on another site. If you have one of these surnames in your family tree then perhaps we are related. While researching the family history it was discovered that my family was not the only one to live in the former Westbourne Workhouse. At one time my great grandmother, on my father's side, was an inmate in the Weymouth Workhouse.

Either select an area of interest from the menu bar above or from the site contents below

GREETINGS & WELCOME

SCOUTS

Time Line

Commission

Kingley Vale

Sheep Wash

Fete

Graffham

Parade


SCOUT MASTERS

SM Poley

GSM D Coasby

SM A Ford

ASM L Hart

SM D Cripps

GSM K John + Others

SM K Leaning


HISTORY

History

The First Scout Troop

First World Jamboree

Shackelton’s Expedition

Baden Powell’s Message


INTERNET
Baden-Powell
Scout Organisation
Scout Magazine
West Sussex Scouts

SKETCH BOOK

Commonside c.1914

Commonside Road

Cricketers Inn

Paradise Lane

Post Man c.1910

North Street

Trudgett’s Store

The Square c.1900

Church Road

St John’s Church c.1905

Blacksmith c.1920

East Street

Stansted House

Racton Monument

Warblington Church

Langstone Harbour

Emsworth Harbour

Bosham Harbour

WORKHOUSE

History

Guardians Minute Book

Diary Extracts

House of Lords

Diamond Jubilee

Union Songsters

Workhouse Poem

The Veil

CENSUS

Enumerators Task
1911 Summary
Declaration
District


WORKHOUSE
1841 -1901 Staff
1881 Census
1911 Census


MEMORIES


Personal

Arrival

Emsworth

The Grange

D-Day

Rosebank

Home Life

Recreation

Sports

Cycling



Villagers

The Crouches
Kitty Lashly
Rita King
World War II
Tom Edwards
Ernie Treagus
Mel Baker
Madeline Ambrose
John Sexton


Remembrances

Julia Moore

Walter Hart

Dulcie Hart

Sidney Morgan

Charles Routledge

YESTERYEAR


Village History

PostOffice 1851

Kelly's Directory 1911
Listed Buildings
The River Ems
Wartime Experiences
Church War Memorial

Village Cemetery


Pile Family

Legal Right to Village Life

Sheep Stealing

Swing Riots

Flour List

Terrier Survey

George Pile Died

Murder at The Cricketers

Local Affairs

19th Century Ends


Catchlove Family

Edmund


Scott Family

Mary


Westbourne Family

History

PUBLICATIONS

Local History Group

Bygone Series

Trades People 1845-1938

Village Schools 1819-1984

Westbourne Then & Now

Westbourne Union Life

Westbourne Church Guide

Westbourne’s War 1939-1945

The Great War


Bibliography

Sindles Farm

The River Ems

The Westbourne Story

CHURCH
Free Church
Bell Ringers

Guild of St Richard

Boys Club

Good Bye

SCHOOLS

Westbourne Primary

Chichester High School

For Boys

Royal Dockyard

AMBROSE

The Family Butcher

The Horse Showman

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