Person Sheet

Name Elizabeth Jane "Lilly" HUTSON
Birth 1850, Christening: 16 JUN 1850 Saint Faith, Havant, Hampshire, England
Death 1929, Heidelberg Age: 79
Burial Leongatha Cemetery - Baptist Section

2 Unmarked graves between Collins+Hoult & Morgan

Occupation Nursing Midwife
Father Charles HODSON (1821-)
Mother Anne MANLEY (1826-)
1 Married William Richardson BREDIN on the 28 Feb 1870, Havant, Hampshire.
Birth About 1828 in Canada
Death Accidental (fall) 8 Apr 1907 Aged 79, at Rheola, Victoria, Australia. (Chapel Gully gold field)





Children: Myrtle (1890-1960)
  Albert Edward (1889-1889)
3 Married Charles Henry PROSSER (SHARMAN) on 12 May 1894, 430 Bourke St, Melbourne.
Birth 27 May 1860
Death 1930, Wonthaggi Hospital Age: 69
Burial Leongatha
Father Charles Thomas SHARMAN (1827-1902)
Mother Sarah Ann CLARK (1832-1895)


Children: Harry Hutson (1895-1964)
Notes for Elizabeth Jane "Lilly" HUTSON
BIO:   Eliza Jane HUTSON was born in the Southern Coastal region of England Hampshire, in a parish called Havant in 1850. First married to William Richardson BREDIN then aged 41yrs when she was 20 years old. After he died she eventually married Charles Henry Prosser 34 yrs when she was 44 yrs old. Lilly work as one of the districts most respected Midwifes. She assisted in the birth of her grandson, Charlie Hutson Prosser when he was born during the night. The birth took place in a tent which was the first home for Harry and his bride. Charlie was taken to Leongatha Hospital the next morning.

1911 Encyclopaedia
HAVANT, a market-town in the Fareham parliamentary division of Hampshire, England, 67 m. SW. from London by the London & South Western and the London, Brighton & South Coast railways. Pop. of urban district (iooi), 3837. The urban district of Warblington, i m. S.E. (pop. 3639), has a fine church, Norman and later, with traces of pre-Norman work, and some remains of a Tudor castle. Havant lies in a flat coastal district, near the head of Langstone Harbour, a wide shallow inlet of the English Channel. The church of St Faith was largely rebuilt in 1875, but retains some good Early English work. There are breweries and tanneries, and the manufacture of parchment is carried on.

Havant's parish church is dedicated to St Faith, a young girl of Aquitaine in France, who was martyred A.D.290 during the Diocletian persecution. Whilst unrecorded in the Doomsday Survey, there are other references to the church about this time. The early Gothic style is retained despite being rebuilt and restored several times.

The churchyard had always been Havant's principal burial ground and by 1850 it was estimated to hold the remains of over 20,000 souls. Its level had risen to well above that of the surrounding streets and as it became impossible to make new burials without disturbing the remains of others, a new cemetery was established on land in New Lane which had been given by Sir George Staunton. One acre was allocated for the church and a quarter of an acre for dissenters. The cemetery was expanded in 1896.

By 1800 there were several shops and a church house in front of the church in West Street; most of these were demolished at some time but one building remained at the corner of Homewell by the churchyard until the 1920s. The church house was founded for the use of the poor and became a meeting place for social events. Spits, crocks and other utensils for cooking were provided by the parish free of charge and could be obtained from here. The building was later converted into an almshouse, the last occupants being two aged paupers by the names of Bishop and Carpenter.

Examination of the records of the Court Leet, the manorial court which dealt with criminal offences, gives some idea of lawlessness in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Havant possessed the usual equipment for the punishment of offenders; the ducking stool, stocks, pillory, whipping post and the lock up. Anyone sentenced to be confined in one of these appliances would become the target of abuse and missiles from their fellow townspeople.
The pastureland around Havant and on the Downs was ideal for sheep farming which in turn supported a number of other industries. Wool was made into cloth and a thriving trade was established. However, during the 16th Century, Parliament introduced a new standard size to which cloth had to be manufactured and as this could not be complied with locally, the industry went into decline. The sheep also provided essential food and their skins were used for the manufacture of parchment and leather.

Havant parchment was held in very high esteem on account of its whiteness compared with all other parchment which tended to be yellow. It was made from the inner layer of the sheep's skin which was processed over several weeks before being finished. Throughout manufacture large quantities of spring water were used and it was the unique properties of this water which were responsible for the parchment's whiteness.

Although parchment had been made in Havant for hundreds of years there is no evidence to show that it was produced on any large scale until the 1850s. The last parchment yard, Stallard's in Homewell, closed in 1936.

The outer layer of the sheep's skins, together with the skins of other animals, went to various tanneries in the town for making into leather. This was another industry requiring a large volume of water. It flourished by supplying boot, shoe, clothes and harness-making trades. The making of leather and high quality gloves continued into the 1960s, much of the latter work being carried out in employees' homes.

Brewing was another thriving local industry also reliant on the abundant supply of virtually pure water. In 1855 there were four breweries and nine malt houses in the town and in addition a number of Beer Houses brewed their own supply. The barley for the malt as well as the hops were grown locally. The last brewery was Biden's which was situated in West Street next to the Prince of Wales. When it closed in the 1920s it was converted into a laundry, later becoming the Home Service Laundry, making exploitative use of the brewery's old well. Another laundry, the steam-driven Hygeia in Waterloo Road, also had its own well.

Havant Church is dedicated to St. Faith, the girl martyr of Aquitaine. This dedication has existed since the eleventh century, and there has been a church of St. Faith at Havant on this spot for about nine centuries. Of the original Saxon, or Norman, church nothing definitely remains, although it is probable that some of the stonework is older material re-used.

There is let into the wall of the west end, near to the font, a peculiarly carved stone. This was found in the rubble filling the tower when it was rebuilt in the 19th century. The carving has been called part of a Saxon font but it was very likely executed much later. Even so, it is probably the earliest stone fragment in the church.

There is a possibility that some of the brick in the wall is Roman. When the church was being repaired in 1832 it was found to be standing on part of a Roman foundation. The Saxon church was replaced in the 12th century, when the arches of the crossing were set up, and a nave of three bays was continued towards the west. The original height of this nave was the same as that of the present chancel.

The chancel, the oldest undisturbed part of the building, was constructed in the early 13th century. It was originally lit by the lancet windows in the north and south walls of each bay, of which that on the north-east survives. The original east window also probably consisted of three of these lancets. North and south transepts in similar style completed the building.

In the 14the century an extra storey was apparently added to the tower; the lancets in the chancel were replaced, with one exception, by the present windows. A vestry was built on the north-east bay of the chancel, and the lancet window was buried in the new wall to be preserved for posterity.

Later too, the triple lancet at the east end was replaced by a perpendicular window, and the north transept aisle was added, probably in the late 15th century, to be the chantry and tomb of Sir Richard Dalyngridge, Lord of the Manor of Wade. The chantry lapsed before 1547.

This completed the church as it was to remain until the 19th century. In 1832 the nave was found to be very unsafe. It was taken down and a new one built, also of three bays, but higher than before, and without aisles. The resulting structure was adequate but not very handsome.

Then, in about 1870, it was discovered that the removal of the nave and its rebuilding had seriously affected the strength of the tower. This was on the point of collapse, and in fact was only saved by the brick supports inserted in 1832.

From then until 1875 the whole of the western end of the church was remodelled. The tower was taken down to the level of the crossing arches, which were strengthened and repaired, and was then rebuilt to the old plan with the original materials. The nave was rebuilt, this time with aisles, and was extended one bay to the west. The north porch was added, and the south transept aisle built on the pattern of that on the north. This resulted in the building which you see today.


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