We didn't quite reach our target of 1,000 visitors, but it was another excellent day. The Family History and Record Offices were busy all day as were the Bygone Fareham, Weavers and Spinners and Model Railway stands with their Heritage offshoots. The three help desks got through almost 100 enquiries, once more proving that family history research is far from waning. Sales of CDs and publications were also at an all-time high for us. Other 'draws' included the Family Search and Ancestry talks and the films on Fareham and Gosport. It really was a very busy day and we thank all those who came and spent time with us, not forgetting the standholders who were just wonderful in all they did. Thanks are also due to the staff of Fareham Library and the NEWS for their excellent advance and post reporting and photography. A very, very big thank-you to everyone, we are so grateful.
Thank you for calling in to our site which was updated on 20th October, 2014. The number of visitors since its creation in September, 2004 is 265,483.
We are an independent Record Office and have been in existence since January, 1991. Our home is at what is now called the Havant Academy which is just north of Havant, Hampshire. We also have bases in Fareham and Eastleigh where we hold annual Exhibitions and Drop-ins for anyone who wants help in researching their family history. At the Centre we have 14 micro-fiche readers and 7 on-line computers and have a wide range of records for most of the UK especially Portsmouth, Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight and many countries of the world including the IGI for the whole world.
We meet in pleasant surroundings, with refreshments available and free parking and we always welcome visitors and prospective members. Help is always at hand with your researches, even on a one-to-one basis if you wish. You will be very welcome to pop in and see us and we are always open from 7.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.
This site is updated weekly and in the past week has seen updates to the Home Page, Parish Register Updates, New at the TNA, News News and more News, the Diary Page with details of the Open Days and other events, Centre News in particular.
For our sister site, Staunton Records, click here where you will find many more things about the history of Leigh Park www.leighpark.stauntoninfo.co.uk
The Staunton Park Genealogy Centre is based just north of Havant in Hampshire, England on what used to be part of the Staunton Estates. Because of this, we have a particular interest in life over the years in the Leigh Park area, which for many years was owned by Sir George Staunton, and, as you can see above, we have devoted a whole web site as a memorial to the life of Leigh Park and its people.
There are two ways that you can contact us. If you want to make a general enquiry, you can either write to us at:
Staunton Park Genealogy Centre, c/o The Community Department, Havant Academy, Wakefords Way, Havant, Hants. PO9 5JD.
You can Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whichever way you choose,we will endeavour to answer your communication as promptly as possible. May we request that you include the place where you live as this often helps us to direct you to a source of information which will be closer to you if we cannot help you.
We are unable to undertake research for enquiries, but can only try to answer questions from our records and databases. However, we will always offer advice if we can.
If you live in the Portsmouth/Havant area, then pop in and see us. We are always pleased to welcome visitors to the Centre on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7.30 pm.
Now something about the area around our Centre at Havant:
Most of Havant is a conservation area, which developed from a junction of ancient thoroughfares dating from Roman times. The route went from Arundel, along the south coast, through Chichester and then towards Winchester, crossing a road from Hayling Island to Rowlands Castle and probably on towards London, joining what is now the A3. The Homewell Spring attracted the Romans to Havant, and those who succeeded them. This spring had never been known to freeze even in the hardest winter, and until 1970 it had never run dry.
Several traces of Roman life can still be found here - the remains of a villa was discovered in 1926 in the garden of a house in Langstone. Coins, rings, brooches and combs were also found together with an almost intact hypocaust, which was the Roman system of central heating. Further remains exist at Warblington and Bedhampton, and there are also some Roman foundations under St Faiths Church in the heart of Havant town centre.
The hamlet of Havenhunte was later established and by 1086, when the Domesday survey was made, it boasted two mills and three salterns.
In the reign of King John, a charter was granted authorising a weekly sheep and cattle market, and in the 15th century the town was granted the right to hold a two-day fair on the Feast of St Faith, October 6th. The fair was abolished in 1871.
It was the Homewell Spring that saw Havant become a centre for the treatment of animal skins for leather and parchment making, and the production of tallow and other by-products. Havant parchment was very highly regarded because of its unique whiteness, a quality imparted by the spring water.
The centre of Havant was devastated by fire in 1760 leaving the Old House at Home in South Street, the only remaining half-timbered building with projecting upper storey. However there are some attractive Georgian buildings in South Street and East Street, and the area behind East Street (The Pallant and Prince Georges Street) has considerable character which is protected by the designation of much of the town centre as a conservation area.
And so this is the base for our Family History Centre which covers not only the Havant area but wherever in the world researches take the members.
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Please come back again soon!