1910 – 1936 George V – Loxwood in the Windsor period

Introduction

In May 1910, George became king amid a constitutional crisis over the government’s attempt to curb the power of the House of Lords. After the Liberal government obtained the king’s promise to create sufficient peers to overcome Conservative opposition in the Lords (and won a second election in 1910), the Parliament Bill was passed by the Lords in 1911 without a mass creation of peers. 1911 also saw George’s visit to India, the only king-emperor to make the journey.

Public respect for the king increased during World War One, when he made many visits to the front line, hospitals, factories and dockyards. In 1917 anti-German feeling led him to adopt the family name of Windsor, replacing the Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

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Timeline

1910

George IV died on 6 May and was succeeded by his son who became George V.

1911

George V visited India as the only King-Emperor to do so.

1912

The White Liner Titanic hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York with the loss of more than 1500 lives.

The Ordinance Survey Maps show that Loxwood Stores and Post Office had been extended with the addition of a house to the right hand side.

1913

Suffragette Emily Davidson was killed after throwing herself in front of the King’s horse at the Derby.

1914

The First World War.

29th December – Loxwood Chapel Trustees Meeting at Reading Rooms in Loxwood. The Chairman was Maurice Botting. Offer from an unnamed source was discussed of £200 for Chapel Cottage and the site of the old church. Offer not proceeded with as shown in the Loxwood Chapel minute Book.

1915

20th August Monday – Loxwood Chapel Trustees Meeting Maurice Botting was Chairman. The Trustees considered anoffer for £600 for whole (all) of chapel properties. The Trustees decided to offer all properties by Tender in 6 Lots.

19th November – Loxwood Chapel Trustees meeting at Hill Side Cottage in Alfold, the home of Chairman Maurice Botting. Letter from Churchmans Auctioneers response on properties was read and considered. 

1916

1st February – Maurice Botting sadly died.

6th March – Loxwood Chapel Trustees meeting at Vicarage Hill. Present: Corrall Farmer (Chairman) of Little Headsfoldwood, Dr Heygate (Frederick Nicholas of Petworth Union Vicarage Hill Poor Law) Mr Pace (Percy of Hall House artist). The consent of Charity Commissioners having been obtained, Proposed by Dr Heygate Seconded by Mr Pace agreed to accept offeros for the Chapel Properties. 

13th June – Meeting at Hillside, Alfold home of Maurice Botting. Offer received for Lot 6 Chapel Cottage and the former site of the old church £125 recommended to be accepted. Maurice Botting had died on February 1st. Minutes of previous meeting signed Letter of condolence was drafted and sent to Mrs Botting.

14th June – Thomas Wells & Catherine Wells become new owners of Church Cottage.

19th June – William James Wells joins 27th (reserve) Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

 5th July – Meeting of Loxwood Chapel Trustees at Vicarage Hill 3pm. Agreed to invest proceeds of the sale of the Chapel properties in Indian stock at 2 ½% (Loxwood End Chapel Trust mentioned in 1939 minutes).

 29th September – Meeting of Loxwood Chapel Trustees at Vicarage Hill. Offer received of 5 shillings per annum for Chapel Field from Mrs Dunlop (David Dunlop dairy farmer Brewhurst). Decided to accept with the condition that the vicar can refuse the offer.

1919

9th December – Meeting Loxwood Chapel Trustees. Offer from Mr W Cole for Chapel Field of 15 shillings per annum accepted.

1920

15th October Catherine Wells died. William Wells Clara Wells married living in Church Cottage with father Thomas Wells. 

1921

Loxwood War Memorial unveiled on Psalm Sunday.

22nd November – Meeting Loxwood Chapel Trustees Vicarage Hill 3 pm. Rent for Chapel Field paid from L L Constable endowments 1920. Payable by Mr Scott for 1921 and 1922.

1922

12th December 3pm Vicarage Hill Loxwood Chapel Trustees. Discussion regarding letting site of the old Church. Decided to write to the Church Commissioners for their view.

1923

18th December Vicarage Hill. Bishops of Chichester letter read out that confirmed the Loxwood Trustees had no authority to let out the site of the old Church.

The Memorial Hut was constructed opposite the churchyard and became the first Village Hall.

1924

7th June Offer received from Mr Nelson £30 for Chapel Field. Currently Rented by My Cole for 15 shillings per annum.

1926

Scottish inventor and engineer John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television

1929

The Wall Street Crash in America sparked the Great Depression

1933

Kilner Coaches started operating a bus service from a yard in Loxwood.

1935

King George V celebrated his Silver Jubilee, an occasion of great public rejoicing. In Loxwood there was a village celebration and a Holm Oak tree was planted in the centre of the village to mark the occasion. The tree was planted by Cordelia Molineux Smallpiece of Merryhills.

Loxwood Telephone Exchange was built around this time and updated to an automatic exchange in 1939

1936

George V died on 20 January and was succeeded by his son Edward.

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