Page 7 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: Into a new century, 1900s to 1920, cont’d

After serving as a Chaplain with the forces in World War One, Rev. Henry Bury was the third Minister of Rosebery Park Baptist Church, from 1918 to 1921. His ministry at RPBC saw the start of Boy Scouts and Girl Guide meetings, the church being registered as a place of worship in 1919, and the …

Page 6 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: Into a new century, 1900s and First World War

It was during Rev. William Perkin’s ministry, 1899 to 1918, that Rosebery Park Baptist Church, until then an independent Baptist church, was accepted into membership of the Baptist Union.36 An article in the ‘Bournemouth Guardian’, from 1906, describes Rev. Perkins as “esteemed from one end of the town to the other as a Christian gentleman, …

Page 5 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: The Rosebery Park Estate, cont’d

If you know where the name “Lockyer Hall” came from for the old chapel in Morley Road, let us know! (For all the theories about this, see note 33 in Sources of Information!) I could only fit some of Pokesdown’s history gems on the map above, so I’ve made a table to acknowledge some more …

Page 4 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: The Rosebery Park Estate, cont’d

Here is historical evidence of the name Rosebery Park Estate! from the ‘Bournemouth Guardian’, June 1889: an advert for the sale of building plots; and an article in the ‘Christchurch Times’ newspaper, dated 31st January 1891, discussing problems with the state of the roads. A PDF of the newspaper articles and documents is available here. …

Page 3 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: From Boscombe to Freemantle to Rosebery Park, cont’d…

The ‘Bournemouth Guardian’ newspaper reported on the opening on the new Baptist Mission Chapel at Freemantle, 14th September 1889: introduction below, or you can read the full article here. A PDF of the newspaper articles is available here. They are images, and not plain text, but they can be enlarged for easier viewing this way. Rosebery …

Page 2 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: late 1800s, Setting the scene, cont’d

In July 1886 the railway station opened at Pokesdown. It was called “Boscombe Station” until it was re-named Pokesdown Station in May 1897, in preparation for the new Boscombe Station opening in Ashley Road in June 1897! The original entrance was from the centre of the bridge over the railway. There were five horse-drawn omnibuses …

Page 1 – The History of Rosebery Park Baptist Church and Pokesdown: the Mid to Late Victorian Era, setting the scene…

In 1867, the entry in a Christchurch Directory describes Pokesdown as “an increasing and thriving village” whilst “Boscombe is a hamlet near Pokesdown which is daily increasing.”1 William Pickford moved to Pokesdown, aged ten, in 1871, as the son of the new Minister at the Congregational Church. Sixty four years later, The ‘Bournemouth Times and …