Significant People

This section is for the people that have made a significant contribution to the development of the island since the early 1800’s.

The Duke of Norfolk is the premier duke in the peerage of England, and also, as Earl of Arundel, the premier earl. The Dukes had a manor house on Hayling Island and had the additional title of Lord of the Manor. The island was rural with a few homesteads and farms. The island was largely [...]

Francis Fuller was a land Surveyor and Estate Agent with a long association with railways being surveyor to the London Brighton & South Coast Railway for 25 years for some time also surveyor to the Metropolitan District Railway. He was one of three promoters of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Held in London, at the [...]

In July 1860 the Hayling Railway Company was formed, in order to build a branch line from Havant to South Hayling. It was estimated that it would take seven years to raise the money, acquire the necessary land and build the line. The civil engineer contracted to build the line was Frederick Furniss, who was [...]

SIR THOMAS BOUCH (1822 – 1880) was born near Carlisle and lived in Edinburgh. In 1850, when engineer and manager to the Edinburgh and Northern Railway, he introduced the first roll on roll off ferry service in the world, across the Firth of Forth from Granton to Burntisland, in Fife. Launched in 1858, the paddle [...]