Battery Row

Saturday 15 February 1845 : Hampshire Advertiser

Married - On the 13th instant at St Thomas’s Church, Mr W Mark of Point, to Lucy Riddler of Battery Row


Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette : Saturday 9 August 1851

The Times Correspondent’s News Room, Battery Row, (Saluting Platform),: established June 25, 1849 - The Daily and Weekly Papers may be consulted in this News Room before any other establishment in Portsmouth.

Subscription 1 Guinea per annum; 12s 6 d half year; 7s 6d per quarter; 2s 6d per month.  Payment in advance.

Nearly 150 Noblemen and Gentlemen - Naval, Military, and Civil - are subscribers to this News Room which possesses the important advantage of a Second Edition of The Times at 5.30pm daily, and the aid of Electric Telegraph upon every important occasion.

Mr Jarvis S Tibbitts, Proprietor



Saturday 11 April 1857 : Hampshire Telegraph

All that extremely valuable first-class convenient stuccoed Freehold Private Residence, No 5 Battery Row late in the occupation of Mr J S Tibbetts Esq., commanding the finest views of the Isle of Wight, Spithead,  St Helens, and Southsea Common, overlooking the Platform Battery and near the Victoria Pier.



Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette : Saturday 14 September 1861

Battery Row : Marvin & King are instructed by Mr Richards, who is moving, to sell by auction on the premises as above, on Friday September 27, 1861, commencing at 12 o’clock, a portion of the household furniture and effects, also by permission will be included with the above, a portion of the household furniture of a lady declining housekeeping.



Hampshire Telegraph : 22 February 1868 

For sale by Auction - Lot 2, a Pleasantly situate Freehold Dwelling-House being

4 Battery Row, Let at £10 per annum, comprising six rooms, kitchen, yard and two cellars.  Commands uninterrupted views of the sea and Isle of Wight




Hampshire Advertiser : Saturday 3 February 1872

Death : On the 21st ult., in Battery Row, Mr James George Gill, aged 64 



Portsmouth Evening News : 25 June 1880 : 

For Sale - Belgian Hares and Rabbits

4 Battery Row.


Hampshire Telegraph : Saturday 4 May 1901

Semaphore Place - a name given to Battery Row.


Hampshire Telegraph : Friday 21 March 1924

Ernest Jefferies, Battery Row, for riding a bicycle without a light at 7 pm on March 3, on the Bursledon Bridge Road, Sarisbury, was fined 15s.  Pc Barker stated that the defendant gave false name and address.  He had no lamp on his machine.  Defendant said he had been to Southampton to try to find a job.




Hampshire Telegraph : Friday 22 May 1925

A Portsmouth child named Lawrence Clarkson (3), of Battery Row, had a narrow escape from serious injury on Tuesday afternoon.

It appears the child was in the vicinity of the moat near the King’s Bastion, when he slipped over the edge, and dropped a distance of some 20 feet into about a foot of water below.  He received a severe cut on the top of his head, and might have been drowned but for the prompt action of Mark Street of Oyster Street, who jumped into the moat and prevented the boy from going under the water.  He was assisted by John Thorpe of Barrack Street, who carried the child to the YMCA in High Street, where first aid was rendered by Pc Hewitt.

The little fellow was afterwards taken to to the Royal Hospital, where his injuries were attended to.


Portsmouth Evening News : Wednesday 19 August 1925

The Portsmouth Borough Coroner will hold an enquiry this evening concerning the finding of the body of a newly-born female child which was found in a moat opposite the Saluting Battery, on Sunday.

The child was wrapped in two pieces of linen and a copy of the “Evening News” for August 12th.

The police have been unable to trace the parentage of the child.


Portsmouth Evening News : Thursday 24 September 1931

Sir, My attention was called to paragraph in By the Way to the old almshouses in Highbury Street.  I should like to make a suggestion: As it has a covered-in stone yard at the back, it would make a soup kitchen for the poor of this district.

I feel sure that we have some kind-hearted butchers who would send some scraps and bones; and if some traders in vegetables could spare some for soup making we could charge a penny a pint or quart to cover the expenses of the coal or gas for making the same.  I would give my services, and am sure I could get some volunteers to help.  Perhaps the clergy could give tickets to the poor and destitute of this district.

This winter is going to be a very hard one for the poor when the dole ceases.

Yours,  Florence Sorton, Battery Row


Portsmouth Evening News : Saturday 18 November 1950

Semaphore House, Battery Row

Hall, Pain & Foster, 57 Commercial Road, announce that having sold the above property by private treaty, it is withdrawn from their auction on 29th November



Hampshire Telegraph : Friday 22 May 1925


A Portsmouth child named Lawrence Clarkson (3), of Battery Row, had a narrow escape from serious injury on Tuesday afternoon.

It appears the child was in the vicinity of the moat near the King’s Bastion, when he slipped over the edge, and dropped a distance of some 20 feet into about a foot of water below.  He received a severe cut on the top of his head, and might have been drowned but for the prompt action of Mark Street of Oyster Street, who jumped into the moat and prevented the boy from going under the water.  He was assisted by John Thorpe of Barrack Street, who carried the child to the YMCA in High Street, where first aid was rendered by Pc Hewitt.

The little fellow was afterwards taken to to the Royal Hospital, where his injuries were attended to.

 

1 Battery Row

1881 Census

Mary Pook : Mangle Woman : 47 yrs

Harry : Rivet Boy at Boiler Engineering Works : 16 yrs

Walter : 7 yrs


Thomas Waters : Journeyman Tailor : 69 yrs

Maryan : 67 yrs

 

2 Battery Row

1851 Census

William Knight : Watchmaker, Repairer : 36 yrs

Susan : 37 yrs

John : 2 yrs

William Stutter : Landed Proprietor : 69 yrs

James Neil : Groom : 30 yrs



1881 Census

High Cosgrove : Seaman, Mercantile Marine Engineer : 45 yrs

Mary : 29 yrs

High : General Carpenter : 18 yrs

Mary F : Pupil Teacher : 15 yrs



1891 Census

Charles Peat : Coachman : 41 yrs

(born 6 May 1849 at Wilden Bedford.  Father Thomas, Mother Hannah;1901 & 1911 Coachman living at Ivy House, Battery Row;).

Lucy : 46 yrs

Charles : 15 yrs

Reginald : 10 yrs

Edith : 8 yrs

Charles Bristow : Commission Agent : 52 yrs




1911 Census


Leonard Bradburn : Armourer, Naval Ordnance : 26 yrs

Harriett : 25 yrs

Robert : 6 yrs

Ada : 3 yrs



Portsmouth Evening News : Saturday 25 September 1926

By order of the Executor, re L F Cook, deceased, Thursday October 28th, 1926, sale of residential properties and stores in Old Portsmouth.  Hall, Pain & Foster incorporated with James Harris and Son have been favoured with instructions to sell by auction at their estate sale rooms, 57 Commercial Road,

as above, at 6.30 pm ;

The freehold dwelling houses being Nos 2 and 3 Battery Row

 

3 Battery Row

1851 Census

George Rickard : Queens & Trinity Pilot : 37 yrs

Elizabeth : 33 yrs


1881 Census

James Coote : Trinity Pilot : 32 yrs

1861 living at Semaphore Rd Portsea with Father John, pilot 46 yrs & Mother Elizabeth 46 yrs, aged 14 yrs

1871 Seaman on “SS Fairfax”, single 22 yrs

1891 living at 74 St Thomas’s St, Trinity Pilot, 40 yrs

1901 living at 83 St Thomas’s St, Trinity Pilot, 52 yrs

1911 living at 49 St Thomas’s St, Trinity Pilot, 63 yrs

Charlotte : 26 yrs

Albert : 2 yrs

Charlotte ; 1 yr


1891 Census

George Tayler : Shipwright : 40 yrs

Emma : 40 yrs

Ada Bannett : 11 yrs

Ann Brewer : Needlewoman : 56 yrs



1911 Census


James George Meades : Dock Labourer ; 39 yrs

Nellie Eliza : 36 yrs

Eleanor Mary : 11 yrs

James George : 8 yrs

John William : 6 yrs

Henry Lewis : 4 yrs

Stanley Edward : 4 months




Portsmouth Evening News : Saturday 10 May 1930

Monday next, 12th April, 1930, sale of small private house in Old Portsmouth, overlooking the sea.  Field and Palmer are instructed to sell by auction on the the above date, No 3 Battery Row, possessing 4 rooms, kitchen and offices.  Let to Mr Meades at 8/6 per week inclusive.

Also will be offered, 1 fully fully paid original share in the Southsea Esplanade Pier Co Ltd and 25 £1 fully paid ordinary shares in the Portsmouth Empire Palace Co Ltd

 

4 Battery Row

1851 Census

Charles Holmes : Coach Builder : 34 yrs

1861 living at Golden Lion Lane, house painter, 43 yrs

Eliza : 40 yrs

James Ridler : 14 yrs

Joseph Salt : Pensioner, Greenwich, Royal Marines : 40 yrs


Emma Hutchings : Plain Needle Work : 31 yrs

Charles : 6 yrs

Clara : 3 yrs


Jemima Nellthorp : Formerly Dressmaker : 39 yrs

Susan : 19 yrs

John : 11 yrs

Edwin : 1 yr


Frances McCarthy : School Mistress : 22 yrs

Grace : Plain Needle Work : 54 yrs


Robert Gibbon : Ship Agent : 49 yrs

Mary E : 43 yrs

Elizabeth M : 19 yrs

William : 16 yrs

Margaret F : 12 yrs

Emily : 7 yrs

George : 6 yrs

Elizabeth : 52 yrs

Hope Andrews : House Servant : 62 yrs

Elizabeth Stone : House Servant : 38 yrs




Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette : Saturday 27 July 1861

Valuable Marine Residence near the Parade

Marvin and King are instructed to sell by private contract, the pleasantly situate freehold family residence, No 4 Battery Row, Grand Parade, containing dining, drawing and six bedrooms, kitchen, scullery, cellarage, lead flat, ample closets, good water supply, paved yard and back entrance.




Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette : Saturday 15 February 1868

On Thursday, March 5th, 1868

St Thomas Street & Battery Row

Mr George M Beck is instructed to sell by auction at his sale rooms. No 9 Queens Street, on the above date, at seven o’clock in the evening in two lots, -

Lot 1 - The well built family residence, being No 32 St Thomas’ Street, producing £20 per annum, comprising front and back parlours, drawing room, three excellent bedrooms, detached, kitchen, paved yard, and large cellarage.

Lot 2 - A pleasantly situate freehold dwelling house, being No 4 Battery Row, let at £16 per annum, comprising 6 rooms, kitchen, yard and two cellars.  Commands uninterrupted view of the sea and Isle of Wight.



Portsmouth Evening News : Friday 25 June 1880

For Sale - Belgian Hares and Rabbits - 4 Battery Row.


1881 Census

Thomas Mansell : Royal Naval Steward : 40 yrs

Martha J : 33 yrs

Ada E : 10 yrs

Nellie E : 9 yrs

George C : 8 yrs

Lydia : 7 yrs

Mabel : 5 yrs

Harry : 3 yrs


James Hookey : Master Grocer : 32 yrs

Frances : 24 yrs

Frances E : 3 months


1891 Census

William C Pook : Butcher : 36 yrs

Louisa : Lodging House Keeper : 37 yrs

Thomas A Norris : Sailor RN : 17 yrs

Esther H : 12 yrs

George Sandford : Book Keeper : 25 yrs

Frederick Dudley : Living on own means : 73 yrs

George Smith : Boat Builder : 47 yrs



1911 Census

“Ivy House”


Charles Peat : Coachman, Unemployed : 61 yrs

Lucy : Lets Apartments : 66 yrs

Charles Percy : House Painter : 36 yrs

Reginald : Tailor Journeyman, Naval : 30 yrs

Stanley Gregory : Messenger, Dockyard : 26 yrs

Edith : 28 yrs

Leslie : 3 yrs

John Forster : Draughtsman, war office : 40 yrs

William Vernon Marks : Civil Service Clerk, Post Office : 29 yrs

 

5 Battery Row

1851 Census

Jarvis Tibbetts : Correspondent of The Times : 31 yrs

Ann : 34 yrs

Lydia Risbey : Servant :28 yrs



Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette : Saturday 9 April 1853

Printed and published by Jarvis Sowley Tibbitts of 5 Battery Row and published by him at the office of the Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette, 154 Queens Street


Hampshire Telegraph : Saturday 4 April 1857

The valuable freehold estate  of the late William Hoare Esq.

An excellent freehold stucco-fronted residence, No 64 St Thomas Street, in the occupation of Miss Mottley, well arranged, and possessing every accommodation for a family.

All the extremely valuable forst-class convenient stuccoed freehold, late in the possession of J S Tibbetts Esq., commanding the finest views of the Isle of Wight, Spithead, St Helen’s, and Southsea Common, and near the Victoria Pier.





Hampshire Telegraph : Wednesday 14 July 1875

An inquest was held at the Portsea Island Workhouse on Monday afternoon, by W H Garrington, Esq, Coroner, on the body of Ann Roycroft.  Susan Heath, 66 Havant Street, Portsea, deposed to the deceased being her daughter, and 25 years old.  deceased was a widow, and her husband was an architect when living. She last saw her daughter on Thursday week last, when she complained of having the rheumatics.  She had been leading an immoral life for some time past, and was addicted to drinking.  Harriet Jane Poulton, wife of Robert Poulton, a commercial traveller living at 5 Battery Row, was next called.

The Coroner : “Is your house a brothel?”

Witness : “No Sir.”

Coroner : “She (deceased) has been in the habit of coming to your house at different times with different men.”
Witness : “Yes.”

Coroner : “Of course, they could not all have been her husband?”

Witness : “ I did not ask them that question.”

Coroner : “You are on oath, and I now ask you whether your house is a brothel in the common acceptance of the term?”

Witness : “ I really cannot answer you in that way. I let beds to those who come for them”

Coroner : “ Indiscriminately?”

Witness : “ Yes Sir.”

Coroner : “ It will save a good deal of circumlocution if you will answer the plain question, is your house a brothel?”

Witness : “ I cannot tell what you mean.”

Coroner : “ What !  I don’t know whether I’m right in my definition; but a brothel is a house for the accommodation of persons of both sexes who come there for immoral purposes.  Is your house one of that description?”

Witness : “ Yes Sir.”



1881 Census

Harriet Harfield : Dressmaker : 36 yrs

Ellen Goodman : Laundress : 27 yrs

Robert Baker : Plumber’s Assistant : 27 yrs

Anne Brooks : Dressmaker : 22 yrs

Robert Bolton : Butcher’s Assistant : 60 yrs



Portsmouth Evening News : Friday 17 May 1907

To Naval and Military Officers - To Let, a furnished bedroom and sitting-room, near the Grand Parade, £1 per week.

Address - Mrs Gamble, 5 Battery Row.



1911 Census


Clara Gamble : Housekeeper : 48 yrs

Jack : Draper’s Clerk : 21 yrs

Alice : 16 yrs

Nellie : Milliner’s Assistant : 15 yrs

Dorothy : 12 yrs

Clifford : 5 yrs

Eleanor Beattie : Buyer, Drapery : 33 yrs


Elizabeth Howett : 33 yrs

Clyde Edward : 15 months

 

6 Battery Row

Battery House

1851 Census 

Victoria Tavern

Thomas Terry : Seaman : 35 yrs

Sarah : 28 yrs



1881 Census

Arnoldus Van den Burgh : General Consul : 50 yrs

Lucy H : Clerk to Consul : 22 yrs

Alexandra : 18 yrs

Ida P : 16 yrs

Teresa W : 15 yrs

Eugene M : 9 yrs

Ann Seymour : General Servant : 40 yrs

 

7 Battery Row 

1881 Census


James Barnicott : Butcher : 42 yrs

(1863 11 Nov, married Emma Elizabeth Crumpler at St Mary’s, Portsea; 1911 widower, living at 17 Newcome Rd Fratton, Corporation car cleaner, with 34 yr old son Ernest, Plumber;)

Emma E : 36 yrs

James C : Engineer’s Apprentice : 17 yrs

John : Engineer’s Apprentice : 15 yrs

Arthur W : 10 yrs

Ernest C : 4 yrs

 

Battery Row 1841 Census

1841 Census


James Buchanan : Victualler : 53 yrs

Phoebe : 17 yrs

Margaret : 15 yrs

James Hoone : Baker : 31 yrs

Agnes : 30 yrs

Benjamin Sheppard : 60 yrs

Elizabeth Carter : Hawker : 53 yrs

Mary Hoare : 7 yrs


William Lake : Butcher : 50 yrs

Martha : 56 yrs

Ann Langdon : 6 yrs


James Higgins : Waterman : 40 yrs

Ann : 32 yrs


Joseph Loudle : Porter : 50 yrs

Mary : 46 yrs

Will Gossing : Navy : 67 yrs


Edward Burgess : Artist : 40 yrs

Ann : 35 yrs

Matilda : 13 yrs

Eliza : 11 yrs

Georgina : 9 yrs

June Barratt : 20 yrs

Mary Burgess : 80 yrs


Robert Gibbon : Merchant : 30 yrs

Mary : 33 yrs

Elizabeth : 9 yrs

William : 7 yrs

Robert : 5 yrs

Margaret : 2 yrs

Jane Kitchen : 47 yrs

Martha Clarens  : 25 yrs

Caroline George : 20 yrs


Emanuel Perry : Merchant & Clerk : 34 yrs

Rebecca : 30 yrs

Amelia : 13 yrs

Augustus : 11 yrs

Rebecca : 10 yrs

Irelice : 9 yrs

Emanuel : 3 yrs

Daniel Hepburn : : 43 yrs

Jane : 38 yrs

Elizabeth : 8 yrs



Joseph Abraham : Waterman : 35 yrs

Eliza : 30 yrs

Simon Levi : Mariner : 27 yrs

William Frithfal : Mariner : 30 yrs

Samuels Petters : Mariner : 30 yrs

Charles Holmes : Painter : 20 yrs

Charles Moules : Carter : 20 yrs

John Harmon : Mariner : 25 yrs

Sarah : 25 yrs

William Dixon : Mariner : 30 yrs

Mary : 25 yrs

Ann Armstrong : Needle Work : 30 yrs

Eliza : 10 yrs

Eliza Galt : 2 yrs

John Armon : 6 months


Daniel Eberne : 40 yrs

Mary Pearce : 45 yrs

Julia Rumble : 24 yrs


Semaphore

Eliza Ambrose : 40 yrs

Frances Foster : 35 yrs




Henry Town : Signal Man : 45 yrs

Charlotte : 12 yrs

Mary : 11 yrs

Henry : 9 yrs

Elizabeth ; 7 yrs

 

1 Battery Row Court

1851 Census

Peter Henney : Out Pension, Greenwich : 60 yrs

Sophia : 49 yrs


David Higgins : Waterman : 65 yrs

Hannah : Charwoman : 42 yrs


Frances Sims : Laundress : 46 yrs

Sarah Ann : 10 yrs

Henry W : 7 yrs


William Holbert : Out Pensioner, Greenwich, RN : 51 yrs

Elizabeth : 55 yrs