Forton

FORTON, an ecclesiastical district, in the parish of Alverstoke, liberty of Alverstoke and Gosport, Fareham and S. divisions of the county of Southampton. The church, dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, is a handsome edifice completed at a cost of £3775, raised by subscription, aided by a grant from the Parliamentary Commissioners; it was consecrated in April, 1831, and a district containing 2300 inhabitants has been assigned to it. The organ originally belonged to the celebrated Handel, and was formerly in the Roman Catholic chapel at Winchester; the Rev. H. A. Veck purchased it, and placed it here, and that gentleman's mother and sisters presented the communion-plate, which is very elegant. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £150; patron, the Rector of Alverstoke: there is a small plot of glebe.—See Gosport.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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