Page 8 – Pokesdown: the name – district names used by Rosebery Park Baptist Church

For many decades RPBC used “Boscombe East” because: Rosebery Park Baptist Church is in the electoral ward previously called ‘Boscombe East’, so there is that justification for it having had this address in recent history. The Post Office at 836 Christchurch Road is called ‘Boscombe East Post Office’. (We are at 812-814 Christchurch Road) – …

Page 7 – Pokesdown: the name – residents and businesses in Pokesdown choosing to use another district name!

The 1920 edition of Kelly’s Directory, under the category heading ‘Pokesdown’, has a note which reads “Marked thus * should be addressed to Stourfield park” and one of the addresses marked thus is the home address of Rev. William Henry Perkins, M.A. (Baptist), 13 Arnewood Road! So one of our own Ministers preferred to give …

Page 6 – Pokesdown: the name – Christian views of the name ‘Pokesdown’

I have seen no written evidence for this, but anecdotally it is also suggested that some Christians dislike the name “Pokesdown” because of its unsubstantiated but popular association with pixies/fairies/witches/goblins. To many non-Christians, pixies and fairies sound like mischievous, harmless, fun. But a Christian’s internal alarm bell may ring at the mention of a supernatural …

Page 5 – Pokesdown: the name – What’s wrong with it? What could it be changed to? cont’d

Young records that though the new Urban District Council discussed changing the name, and took the poll in 1896, “the proposed change of name to Pinecliffe was not approved by the Hants County Council, who felt that there was not sufficient concurrence of opinion to justify the change of name, and so the matter was …

Page 4 – Pokesdown: the name – What’s wrong with it? What could it be changed to? cont’d

The copy and paste citation for this page: The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown – Pokesdown: the name, Page 4. Author: Michelle Fogg. Date: May 2022. Url: https://roseberypark.org/history/pokesdown-the-name-4/ Sources of Information for The History of Rosebery Park and Pokesdown (opens in new tab) Go To About Us Go to Other Activities Rosebery …

Page 3 – Pokesdown: the name – What’s wrong with it? What could it be changed to?

Did you know there’s a ‘Pokesdown Song’, from 1929-39, by Cumberland Clark?! Pokesdown, on the Christchurch Road, has grown a lot of late, With the populace increasing at a very rapid rate. It’s a suburb now of Bournemouth, and a pleasant neighbourhood; It is laid out very nicely, and the architecture’s good. It once was …

Page 2 – Pokesdown: the name – Its Origins – pixies, Puck, and pookas, cont’d

But why would people be “seeing”, or thinking about, pixies/puck/pooka specifically in Pokesdown??! Being “pixie-led” (or “piskie-led”) refers to being mis-led, lost in familiar surroundings, losing time, never arriving at your destination. Such as what happens if you spot a light in the dark of night, somewhere there are no sources of manufactured light about, …

Page 12 – Pokesdown from the British Newspaper Archive: Bournemouth Graphic, 1916, Wounded soldiers and sailors fund

The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of The Bournemouth Graphic newspaper from 1902 to 1933, and also from 1926 to 1937 under the title, The Bournemouth & Southampton Graphic. An example of one of several notifications of the amount of money donated by Rosebery Park Baptist Church to the Wounded Soldiers and Sailors Fund, …

Page 11 – Pokesdown from the British Newspaper Archive: Bournemouth Graphic, 1915, the funeral of Mrs Eleanor Perkins

The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of The Bournemouth Graphic newspaper from 1902 to 1933, and also from 1926 to 1937 under the title, The Bournemouth & Southampton Graphic. The sad notice of the funeral of Mrs Eleanor Perkins, January 1915, wife of Rev. Perkins, the Pastor of Rosebery Park Baptist Church: Rosebery Park …

Page 10 – Pokesdown from the British Newspaper Archive: Bournemouth Daily Echo, 1901, advert of church service times

The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of The Bournemouth Daily Echo newspaper from 1900 to 1910. It was established in 1900 with its first issue published on 20th August 1900. Here is an advert for the service times at the Rosebery Park Baptist Chapel on the corner of Morley and Harcourt Roads: Rosebery Park …