Charter Souvenir booklet 1936

A souvenir booklet for the Charter of incorporation for the creation of the municipal borough of Eastleigh, 3 October 1936.

The charter of incorporation was granted by King Edward VII and was presented on his behalf by Lord Mount Temple, Deputy Lieutenant for the County. This charter made the urban district, Eastleigh, a municipal borough. The significance of this event is reflected in the extensive firework display which took place in Fleming park and was organized by Messrs. Brock Ltd. Each municipal borough consists of a mayor, alderman (part of the municipal council), and burgesses (inhabitants of a town or borough). Collectively, this formed a type of local government involved in local administrative and legal responsibilities such as the creation of bye-laws, infrastructure and  civil and criminal law courts. The booklet highlights Eastleigh's progression from a local board (1893) to an Urban district (1894) and the grant of Arms (1934). Finally, in 1974, Eastleigh Borough Council was expanded to include seven additional parishes from the Winchester rural district.

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Front cover, 'Borough of Eastleigh Charter souvenir programme, 1936' with Eastleigh's coat of arms.
Inside cover, information on the presentation of the charter.
Page one, a brief history of Eastleigh and the charter.