Farlington milestone



You may remember that there was a milestone near the junction of Havant Road and Rectory Avenue. It was badly damaged in an accident between a car and a bus on 17th September 2016. The milestone was just a few feet within the Portsmouth City Council border, but the remnants were entrusted to Hampshire County Council (HCC). The metal plaque has been repaired but it needs to be fixed to a new stone before being re-installed. HCC have passed responsibility for future work on to Portsmouth City Council.
The milestone is a Grade II scheduled monument No. 1333219. Its National ID on the website http://www.msocrepository.co.uk is HA_HAPO02. We believe there is a legal obligation to look after it.



Details of the accident were posted on Streetlife (now defunct) by a correspondent called "Mark".


Mark wrote: "The milestone was hit by a bus. The stone post was snapped of at ground level and the cast iron milestone plate, still loosely attached to the remains of the post, but was split in two. I was at the scene just after accident.
The details of the accident from people at the scene but isn't necessarily correct. At 17.57 on 17th Sept 2016 a Stagecoach bus was travelling east along Havant Rd. Farlington and a car was travelling in the opposite direction which crossed onto the other side of the road close to the junction with Rectory Ave. The bus attempted to avoid the car and mounted the grass verge, hit the milestone and had a head on collision with the car which then ended up on the south side of Havant Rd. crashing into the bus shelter. The bus shelter was written off. The driver and passenger of the car were injured and received treatment from a paramedic but didn't require hospital treatment.
I spoke to a Colas operative (Portsmouth City Council contractor) who was clearing the debris and he assured me that he would make sure the milestone would kept safe. I tried unsuccessfully to find someone within the Portsmouth Council that would take ownership of the milestone to ensure that it would be restored and replaced. Eventually I had a call from City Council Helpdesk to say that it was being held by Simon Protheroe of Hampshire County Council. I contacted him and he told me “Sadly the entire monument is irreparably damaged and will need to be replaced .Our specialist sign contractor has taken the plaque and is going to attempt to recast it, a new stone will however need to be sourced to mount it to. The remnants are not going to be disposed of until this is sorted or interested parties have been offered them”. He assured me that it would be reinstated.  Because it happened on the Portsmouth/ Havant border there was confusion over which council was responsible. The milestone is in Portsmouth but Hampshire C.C. has taken on responsibility for its replacement. I have also contacted Portsmouth Cllr Stephen Morgan (Heritage Champion) who also looking into making sure it is replaced. The missing bus shelter is within Havant and I am led to believe that it will be replaced on 15th Dec. using a second-hand one from Bristol.
The milestones in Portsmouth (6 in total) are shown on the link:-http://www.msocrepository.co.uk/search-2/advanced-search (scroll down to the bottom of the link). The damaged milestone is almost identical to the one opposite the Cycle Shop, 246 Havant Rd, Drayton (mileage different of course) also shown on the link. The above link is the on Milestone Society website http://www.milestonesociety.co.uk/   Attached is a photo of the remnants of the milestone post after the cast iron plate was removed and sent for recast, which seems to have some old markings on it."
Unfortunately we have not be able to get any news from Portsmouth City Council about restoration of the monument.
9th July 2018

Here are Judy's notes from her investigations as part of the U3A's Battle of Jutland project:

When I researched the names on Saint Andrews Church WW1 War memorial for the Battle of Jutland I could only account for two out of the five sailors who was born in this area.

William John Ellis HMS Ardent

Born 27th November 1894 in Havant.

His mother was Flora Eames. I cannot find a marriage certificate for her, and she is down as being single on all of the censuses I have found her on. It names William’s father as being John Ellis of 43 Fratton Grove Southsea, on notification of death.

1901 with his grandmother Hannah Eames William lived at Stake Hill Road Where the family are down as shepherds whilst his mother is working as a domestic servant in Portsmouth

1911 he is living at 4 Hop Gardens Waterlooville and is a garden boy

In Jan 1915 his mother died and on the 6th November that year he joined the Royal Navy

William was put down on his navel records as being 5ft 3ich Dark hair, blue eyed and he was a milkman. William served on HMS Ardent and died in action at the battle of Jutland 1st June 1916


Ernest Arthur Price HMS Black Prince

Was born in Farlington in 1897 to a Thomas Joseph Price (a chimney sweep) and Emma Price

He was one of thirteen children

They all lived at 5 Sydney Cottage London Road Waterlooville

Ernest was a paper boy before he signed up 25th February 1914 for twelve years

His first ship was the Impregnable and he got killed in action 31st May 1916 whilst serving on the Black Prince


Albert Victor Davis HMS Invincible Royal Marine Light Infantry

 is remembered on the Drayton and Farlington War Memorial

He was born in 1882 at the Isle of Wight The son of Joseph John Davis and Mary Ann Davis

His parents both originally came from Marlborough.

His father was a shepherd so he moved around quite a bit

On the 1901 census the whole family lived in Arreton I.O.W Albert along with four sisters and two brothers

In the 1901 census the family were living in Cathrington

In the 1911 He was living in Easton near Winchester and his job states he is a jobbing gardener domestic

He joined up in the Royal Marine Light Infantry in

He lost his life when he was serving on HMS Invincible 31st May 1916

His Parents lived at “Wellington Cottage “Drayton Portsmouth

I cannot find any reference of him living there apart from perhaps visiting his parents 


Albert Winter Reed HMS Invincible Petty officer

Was born St Helier Jersey 29/9/1886

He married Emily Ann Rumbold who was born in Farlington to a Charles J Rumbold and Emily Rumblod (nee Haughton) .Both the Rumblod and Haughton’s worked on the railway

I found Emily Ann working at Cranmere house Havant Road as a servant in the 1911 census and she married 1n the year 1915 .I found her living at the time of her husband’s death on board H.M.S Invincible at 5 Havant road .I could find no more about her so would welcome any information


William Plank 1st class Shipwright

Was born in 1879 Enham Andover ,and  was educated at a school in Waterlooville  On the 1/6/1909 at the R.C Cathedral of St John the Evangelist Portsmouth he married Lillie  Winifred nee Miles whose father was a game keeper at Hambledon Hampshire

He died on the 1st of June 1916 whilst on board HMS Tipperary .He left a wife and two children Vincent Edward aged five and Beroe Winifred aged three. They lived at 29 Windsor Road Cosham His wife did not remarry and died 1973


William Herbert Viney HMS Queen Mary Able seaman,

Most of the Viney family were born and bred in Portsea.and William was the eldest born in 1891

He married Kate Elizabeth. I cannot find any evidence as to  why they lived at 2 Clarendon Cottages Drayton Lane after the 1911 census  .His parents were living at 13 Seafield Avenue Copnor on the 1911 census and his wife’s parents had a ?shoe shop 330 Commercial Road Portsmouth

I think his wife remarried in Portsmouth in 1927 and his Daughter Bessie in Portsmouth 1933


William Hodges Crook Hicks

He is on the Farlington and Drayton War memorial but again I cannot find a connection

He was born 11th August 1878 in Andoversford Gloucestershire His farther was William H Hicks who was a veterinary surgeon and his mother was Agnes Hicks who died in 1879.I have followed him through on the census .I found he married a Elizabeth Jane Barnett in 1905 in the district of Portsmouth although the 1911 census show him as being single .On his death it listed him as his wife Elizabeth Jane Hicks and living at “Montrose” Drayton Lane near Cosham. I cannot find any offspring or what happened to his wife.


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Farlington Directory
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enthuse Care
Alexandra Grey Antiques
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Hampshire Face and Laser Clinic
MSL Computers
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Cosham Balti
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