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Parish Magazine of St Aldhelm's and All Saints, Branksome, 1896-97

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The parish magazine is a wonderful but overlooked source of genealogical and social information. In days gone by, when a higher percentage of people were churchgoers, the parish magazine would encapsulate the life of the parish it served. Old parish magazines quaintly record not just church services, baptisms, burials and marriages, but most of the community's social events. The parish magazines of St.Aldhelm's and All Saints' Churches, Branksome paint a lively picture of this small Poole parish in the years 1896 and 1897.

The parish was located between Poole and Bournemouth, and divided by the main Poole-Bournemouth road. It covered a seafront fringe between Lower Parkstone and the county boundary at Westbourne. The area around the mother church, All Saints' was Branksome Park, one of the most affluent parts of southern England. The area around St Aldhelm's was Branksome, a working class district. The main employers of St Aldhelm's parishioners were the Bourne Valley Potteries (which made sewerage pipes) the Gas Works and the Railway. Many of the residents of the parish were in service in Branksome Park.

In 1896 and 1897 the Vicar of St.Aldhelm's and All Saints' Churches was the Reverend Charles.G. DOYNE , with the Revs. ROGERS, ABBOT and LAIDLAY assisting as curates. T.BLAKE and C.DENNY were the Churchwardens. Mr.ALDRIDGE was the organist.

I have no connection with the current Church but if you are interested in learning more about St Aldhelm's, its history and its current place in the community, visit the St Aldhelm's Church website.

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