I have only got one or two leaflets left to read. I’ve enjoyed reading them. I don’t know if any more than what I have were published. There has been a lot of talk about the occupants of cemeteries, but it’s the stories of activities at “Famous” Gosport Houses, and the story of Gosport itself. Including the article I’m reading at the moment about the Ghosts of Gosport – it only talks about a few of them. I am sure that there are more of them.
Some of the articles have given me ideas either for articles of my own especially Vlogs. I know that I am procrastinating with that. Of course, things like the merging of Alverstoke and Gosport are of particular interest, and then of course the disturbances of 1830 (the destruction of jobs through farm mechanisation). The article of how the frieze above what was the Gosport Library, was conceived and installed in 1901 is something that I can really relate to as it is still there today.
One of the articles goes back to 1627 and recounts the story of how King Charles I inspected his ships in preparation of an invasion of France. That invasion was to take place at La Rochelle, again I can relate to this, having been to that very place – more than once.
Then in 1689, a book was printed. It currently resides in the British Library has the sentence “Gosport: Printed by J. Phillpott near the Blue Bell, in Middle Street, in Gosport”. It appears that the public house referred to may have been the Bell Public House at 19 High Street which was demolished in 1973, meaning it, or it’s predecessor had been there for around 300 years! Food for thought.
I can’t let tonight’s post go without commenting on being very chuffed indeed to have reached No. 200.