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Going to Church in Gosport 1851 (Event from 2020)

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Gosport Museum and Art Gallery, 50 Clarence Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1BU

This illustrated talk by Neil Spurgeon is centred around the unique Religious Census of England held in 1851.

If you think Brexit was contentious, come and find out how a century and a half ago a different, but just as troubling question was bothering Parliament and having repercussions locally.

Find out about why the census happened, what the findings for Gosport tell us about religious practice in the time and, importantly why so many churches were built in and around the town at that precise period in history, the year of the Great Exhibition.

This should be of value to those with a historical, population or general interest in Gosport or the local area. Population figures for the county and nationally will be explored and church architecture and history discussed.




Pre-booking: Required
You can self-book via our web link. But, for people who may experience difficulty with booking online, we can help. Either pop into the Gosport Tourist Information Centre at the bus station (Mon-Sat 1000-1600) or call our Assisted Booking line: 07849 399 823.

Booking opens: 29 August 2020 10:00
Booking closes: 9 September 2020 16:00




Some Blue Badge and on-road parking alongside Museum. Large car park close by in South Street – charges apply. The Discovery Centre close by (open Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat 10-4) has a cafe and a ‘Changing Places’ facility. The venue is on E1 bus route.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will be subject to local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Hand sanitiser will be provided on entry. All visitors will be required to bring and wear a face mask. Seating for the talk will be socially distanced for individual people. On booking please advise if you are attending with anyone else in your ‘Bubble’ so we can seat you closer together. Track and Trace information will be gathered at the point of booking, but please advise us of any alterations to such information. Please do not attend any event if you feel unwell or have been in any contact with


Neil Spurgeon


Entrance is at the front of the building (in High Street) through the green double doors.