Features & Stories
The Christmas tree has become such an important part of a traditional English Christmas that it is difficult for us to imagine Christmas without a tree, but this wasn't always so.
Inventor and Chemist, born 24 December 1834 in Chelsea, London, Augustus George was the son of Admiral Frederick Edward Vernon-Harcourt and Marcia Tollemarche and grandson of The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt and Lady Ann Leveson-Gower.
James Stallard was born in St Helens in about 1796. As a young man he was apprenticed to Pilot Beazley who was known as ‘Old Razza Beazley', but soon after his service ended he entered into the business of smuggling.
Alexander Frederick de Gex, a native of Somerset, was Assistant Priest at St. Michael's Church in Swanmore for 3 years until his death in April 1931.