Emsworth Online - Readers' Letters
A Genealogical Enquiry from Victoria Australia
Hello, my name is Helen and I live in Victoria Australia, during the past 12 months that we have been in COVID lockdown off and on, I have taken the time to research my Ancestors in England. I am currently researching my “Hallett” family. I have been sent a copy of a newspaper article in the Hampshire Chronicle dated 12 January 1818. It appears to be a type of advertisement for a Dr James Hallett (who is my ancestor). I am currently trying to find out more information about him. In this advertisement he says that he can be consulted “at his house Emsworth, near Mr Tollervey’s mill”. I believe at this time he lived at No 8 Halfway-houses Portsea. I have just found and read an interesting story about Mr Tollervey and his mill.
I also believe that his sons Job, John & James Jnr worked with him as well in some of his dispensaries.
I would be most appreciative if you could direct me to where I might find any information on Dr James Hallett. I don’t believe he was a real Doctor, but more likely a druggist although he did call himself Doctor.
16th February 2021
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Concerns re Bridge Road parking
I wish to express my concern at
the new parking restrictions
which seem to have been imposed
without notice in the Bridge
Road, Emsworth car park. This
car park is used by many local
residents to alleviate the
parking issues in Victoria Road
and Bridge Road. We live in
Victoria Road and, rather than
congest the parking in Victoria
Road, my husband and son always
park their cars in the Bridge
Road car park. The new '24 hour'
restriction raises many issues
and questions which directly
7tth May 2019
7tth May 2019
Market Banners Vandalized
Hampshire Farmers Markets are very proud to be able to sell their produce at Emsworth and as such feel we are adding to the success of the Town.
Each month we display banners at Emsworth ensuring that all the local people and any passing motorists see these so they are reminded that the market will be on that weekend. We do pay a fee to Hampshire Highways to display the banners/boards and these banners are our property, it recently cost us over £300 to replace the banners ensuring that they were off a good quality and were the right image.
For the last two months these banners have been taken down and had the ties cut so they were not visible to the general public.
Hampshire Farmers Markets are no longer prepared to accept this and as such will be seeking advice from the Local Police since this is wanton damage to our property and as such will be seeking compensation of same.
If anyone in Emsworth sees or knows of anyone damaging our signs, Hampshire Farmers Market would be pleased to hear.
18th February 2019
18th February 2019
Valerie Nicel Office Manager/Director
Hampshire Farmers' Markets Ltd.
Emsworth Public Toilets(follow up to letter of 16th Octobe
Further to my letter recently on this subject, norse operational services manager dropped a card through my letterbox whilst I was out. I have since spoken to him and they will address the hand wash scale issue, but the urinals have been reported to "maintenance" who will deal with that matter. He says it's rust, but stainless does not rust as such, it will always clean up.
Lets watch this space and see what happens. Why this was not flagged up sooner I don't know.
An Emsworth Resident
Emsworth Public Toilets
adjacent to Pay and display Car
Park near the harbour
The notice outside the toilets says “Every effort is made to keep these toilets clean……….” Unfortunately, this is NOT true.
The men’s urinals are DISGUSTING and have been for over a year now. The cleaning contractors all want sacking, and someone with Marigold gloves needs to ACTUALY DO SOME WORK, and SCRUB the urinals with a scouring pad to remove the crystals left in the bottom of the urinals. .
The hand driers are not much better. They also need a good scrub to remove accumulated dirt in the “bowl”. (With a DIFFERENT SCOURER)
So, every effort to keep these toilets clean is NOT true. Please Employ somebody who actually does keep the toilets clean. These toilets are barely fit to use.
An Emsworth Resident
16th October 2018
Royal Mail Deliveries
I live in Selangor Avenue, since the closure on our sorting office my mail has been between three and four days late, I have contacted my neighbour whose mail is also late, so the problem is not just me. I have written today to Royal Mail, but I do not know if this street has been selected for appalling service, or the problem is more widespread.
Come and paint views of old Spencer's Restaurant 36-38 North Street. Posterity needs a record of the place. Once gone, it will be gone forever.
An Emsworth Resident
Demolition of 36-38 North Street Emsworth (formally Spencer’s Restaurant)
You may not be aware but 36-38
North Street Emsworth (formally
Spencer’s Restaurant) building
is to be demolished. I have
written to Havant Planning
to object. If you agree with me
please send a letter as soon as
possible (at least before Friday
2nd October) to save this
Georgian Façade from being
Not so Friendly
'Your website says that visitors to Emsworth are welcomed and generally we have found this to be true during our week-long stay. We have done all our shopping locally and enjoyed some lovely meals in the town. However we are leaving with a slightly sour taste having returned to our car, legally parked in King Street after 6pm, and found a message PARK WHERE YOU LIVE NOT HERE. This was the one occasion we parked in that spot, having been concerned to respect local residents' needs. Not a very friendly welcome! '
30th July 2015
"We must build more houses"
I am thoroughly fed up with people spouting the popular mantra "we must build more houses" and when I say, "WHY"?, they are quite perplexed. There are thousands of houses on the market. What has to be clarified, but never is, is that we need housing that the people who are not home owners, can actually afford. This will never come about until the Government, it can only be the Government, tackle the admittedly extremely thorny question of land values. The whole planning system needs turning on its head.
If all the unused land currently owned by government and councils had housing built on it without the outrageous additional price generated by "Planning Permission" for the land and developers were removed from the scene, houses could almost become AFFORDABLE which is what everyone means when they say "we must build more houses".
There is plenty of land available on brown field sites, which usually means that a fair proportion of the necessary infrastructure is already in place, which would bring down the cost considerably, at the same time doing away with the notorious 106 schemes that adds cost tremendously to the final selling price. Do people really think that the money a developer contributes to the locality around his development comes from his own pocket, dream on. It is the homeless that pay for it, inflated by the profit a bank makes on a mortgage.
Near where I live there is an area considered to be one of the most underprivileged in the country and it is crying out for housing for the younger generation. A developer is building houses not terribly far away and before he got planning permission he stated that there would be "affordable housing" to the statutory level available for purchase. Try explaining that to the youngsters round here who will have to find a quarter of a million pounds to "Get on the Housing Ladder"
The five million people on countrywide waiting lists, are waiting for the price of housing to come down and this will not happen unless Government addresses the whole financial equation that creates the ridiculous prices currently being asked.
Horses starving to death
There is another cruelty case
and nobody is showing any
interest! Will it take another
pony to die, suffering from
starvation & neglect before it
reaches the papers. The grey
mare along Long Cospe Lane is
suffering in silence whilst the
local community of apparent
horse lovers just ride on by.
a Canadian descendant of an
Emsworth family, and Ive really
enjoyed reading through this
Flying The Flag
I see one of the members of the Hermitage Liberation Front is no longer in distress, sadly the Crown Public House is; or does flying the flag the wrong way have another interpretation on land? I find it sad that we live in a naval coastal area yet the flag is flown incorrectly. However, I have also seen it flown incorrectly in the capital. Perhaps Emsworth should lead the way and ensure its citizens all know how to fly the flag correctly before the Jubilee.
THE GREAT SURGERY SWINDLE
On the evening of 22nd November Havant Borough Councils’ housing development committee, after 7 hours of deputations, decided by 4 votes to 3 that a Developer would be given planning permission to build 280 houses on land known as Hampshire Farm, and this was to include the unusual lure of a new Doctors’ Surgery plus Pharmacy
MYSTERIOUSLY, only during the last few minutes, was it becoming publicly clear that this wonderful doctors’ new surgery, had not actually been offered to the Emsworth GP Partnership on any specific financial terms in relation to their occupancy. It was further revealed that if the Partnership did not contract to take on the new building within a set time-scale, including the Pharmacy presumably, the land would revert back to Havant Borough Council. They may then feel it would be expedient to build the surgery themselves, out of Council Tax Funds of course, rather than have a derelict plot at the entrance to this grand development which will definitely not be affordable to anyone on the housing list!!!!
I wonder if the Housing
Committee had been made
thoroughly aware of that, if
Such a shame
30 years ago my mother and I quite often use to on a Sunday afternoon visit Emsworth as we found it a charming place. Sadly we visited it today my mother is now 86 years old went to park my car in the car park in an empty space when an aggressive man appeared from nowhere in a land rover reg no. **** *** and started accusing me of taking his parking space to such an extent that he insinuated if we didnt move we would come back to the car with two slashed tyres!!! My mother was so distraught that we had to come away. Isnt it such a shame that Emsworth has such people living there now a days!!!
As a former resident of Emsworth who used to live at 78 Victoria Rd. and emigrated with family to Western Australia in 1957 I really enjoy looking at the Emsworth News, I may be 90 years young but I have many memories of Emsworth, thank you very much.
need the Food Festival, so lets
get a NEW committee and proper
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