1901 – 1910 Edward VII – Loxwood in the Victorian period

Edward VII portrait
House of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha

Introduction

Edward was king of Great Britain from 1901 to 1910, having been heir to Victoria for nearly 60 years.

Edward succeeded to the throne as Edward VII in 1901. He was crowned in August 1902. He threw himself into his new role with energy and his reign restored sparkle to a monarchy that been rather gloomy since his father’s death 40 years earlier. Related to most European royalty (he was known as the ‘Uncle of Europe’), he was able to assist in foreign policy negotiations and his well-received addresses during a state visit to Paris helped pave the way for the Anglo-French Entente Cordiale of 1904. Edward was also the first British monarch to visit Russia. In 1902, he founded the Order of Merit to reward those who distinguished themselves in science, art or literature.

In the last year of his life, Edward was involved in a constitutional crisis brought about by the refusal of the Conservative majority in the Lords to pass the Liberal budget of 1909. He died on 6 May 1910, before the situation could be resolved, and was succeeded by his son who became George V.

Timeline

1901

Queen Victoria died and Edward VII was crowned King.

 

February 15th Reverend C H Hildebrand Living in Church Cottage (Chapel Minutes)

May 16th First Test Service in New Church but not consecrated until debt cleared (newspaper article) (9 months after laying foundation stone).

August 18th Last Sunday in the old Church that was located in the centre of the village.

August 20th Tuesday 4pm – Opening of New Church by Archdeacon Francis John Mount (Laid Foundation Stone on Tuesday August 28th 1900 3.45pm).

August 25th First Sunday in New Church (Matthew 19 44) (£2 15s ½ d) (14 Communicants).

November 10th Loxwood Church of St John the Baptist was consecrated.

Loxwood Church Minute Book notes that “Onward Christian Soldiers” was the hymn sung, possibly in the old church before the congregation moved to new Church.

1903

The Women’s Social and Political Union was formed to campaign for women’s suffrage. Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst became the most prominent members.

June 22nd Mr W Haynes tender of £32.10 s be accepted for Old Church and boundary wall materials. Money to be paid by October 1st.

Old Loxwood Church was demolished and site cleared by September 29th Trustee meeting.

Child & Son Slinfold install 3 rail Cleft Oak fence no more than 2/6 per yard. Thomas child Timber Merchant Slinfold.

1904

January 10th enquiry made for Holly hedge for the church cottage boundary 45 yards long. Davies & Gunner Nurserymen Planted the hedge in February 1904.

Arun Cottages were constructed opposite Penfold House, near the Onslow Arms

The Wharf Building was constructed from the materials salvaged when the old Church was demolished by Loxwood Builder Mr Hammond. The Wharf Building replaced a former wooden barn that had burnt down on the site – J C Buckwell

1905

Loxwood House estate was sold together with all properties. Including: Willetts, Loxwood Stores, Blackhall, Spye Farm, Loxwood Pub, Four Houses, Pawlies Farm, Alfold House. Willetts occupied by Alyward Smith Combination Stores.

1908

The Olympic Games were held in London.

1909

January 29th at a meeting of Loxwood Chapel Trustees. Me E Wannop Solicitor Littlehampton was negotiating for a “would be purchaser”. The Chapel Trustees confirmed an offer would be accepted if it was at the same level to produce the equivalent annual income when invested in stocks. 

1910

King Edward VII died on May 6th and was succeeded by his son George V

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