913 – Gosport

When I stand at the waterfront that are the Falklands Gardens, it is strange to think that if I had been stood there three hundred and seventy odd years before, I would have in the middle of the civil war.

With the Parliamentarians building a platform from which to bombard Royalist Portsmouth, and other nefarious deeds, it would have been a violent time.

move forward In time to the 1850’s and further threats of violence and invasion sees the building of Palmerstons Follies. A series of forts stretching from Gilkicker Point, around past Gosport up onto the hills to the north of Portsmouth ending with For Purbrook, designed to protect against the threat of a French invasion that never materialised

The late 19th century saw a more civilised battle between to areas of the peninsula was it to be Alverstoke & Gosport or Gosport & Alverstoke? So heated became the discussion. That it provoked a House of Lords inquiry, resulting in (actually by agreement, rather than imposition) it becoming Gosport, although the outer areas retain their local names.

We move forward to the 1940’s and the whole area becomes suffused with military personnel and hardware as it plays a critical role in the build up to D-Day. Some streets in Gosport were especially widened to accommodate the hardware. Jericho Avenue is one of the best examples of this.

All around Gosport there are signs of the infrastructure that were constructed in preparation for that day, from the ramp at Priddy’s. Hard to allow the embarkation of vehicles and men around to stokes bay, where the Caissons for the Mulberry Harbour were built and the remains of the concrete “chocolate blocks” that gave a firm surface for heavy vehicles to cross the beach to their landing craft.

I stand at the edge of the Falklands Gardens, dedicated to the memory of a more recent conflict and ponder at the immensity of the history that surrounds me.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

One thought on “913 – Gosport

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Sanslartigue 2

Sanslartigue 2: The silent camera continued

sherlyn mae hernandez

travel writer and street photographer

Fluffys Place

My website for my blog posts, reviews and other random things

Ominous The Spirit

Ominous The Spirit is an artist that makes music, paints, and creates photography. He donates 100% of profits to charity.

My Healthy Understanding

Health , wellness , wellbeing and positive mindset creation

Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club

A passion for photography

All About Pigeons

A Site Dedicated To Everything Pigeon

From Mage Mind

When a mage is sharing what's on his mind. Positivity, Motivation, Life, Success, Love, Friend, Smile, Marketing, Writing, Creativity and Good Ideas.

Think Like A Plant

A personal blog of a plant lover

The Photographer Roamed the Streets...

... and met these people on her way

Maria Vincent Robinson

Photographer Of Life and moments

Writing about...Writing

Some coffee, a keyboard and my soul! My first true friends!

Amarela Space

I'm just another dreamer...

Edge of Humanity Magazine

An Independent Non-Discriminatory Platform With No Religious, Political, Financial, or Social Affiliations

%d bloggers like this: