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Dawkins, Joseph

Another hairdresser of the same date based in Bell Street, Romsey. He is later listed as a "hairdresser and bird stuffer". The directories of 1896 and 1902 show him to be a hairdresser, still based in Bell Street. 

Reference: Kelsall, J E, Rev; Munn, Philip W: 1905: The Birds of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Witherby and Co.
'The late Dan Meinertzhagen wrote to the 'Field' in 1891 to record a specimen [of an Eagle Owl] killed at Paultons, near Romsey. He saw it in the shop of Mr Dawkins, the Romsey bird-stuffer and gives the following particulars. The extended wings measured 66 inches, on wing 30 ½ inches and the body 30 inches. It was a male, in winter plumage, had been about the place for a month, and had eaten 5 pheasants, which were kept in a pheasantry.'

Reference: The Hampshire Antiquary and Naturalist, 1892. Extract taken from The Hampshire Independent, April 18, 1891
'For some time past the remains of tame pheasants have been discovered at Paultons, Romsey, but the identity of the destroyer was difficult to discover, till a trap was set, and resulted in the capture of a monster specimen of the Horned Eagle Owl, known chiefly in such localities as Norway, Russia and Hungary, but its finding is of rare occurrence in England and France. This specimen was only caught by the toes, and it seems a pity that it was not taken alive, but a stick being used to disable it, broke its back and ended its depredations. It measured five feet from tip to tip of its wing, and was in grand plumage. At present it is in the care of Mr. J. Dawkins, of Romsey, who is setting it up.'