Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2016’

  • 31 May

    31 May

    Today in Gosport’s Past:- on 31 May 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew into RAF Gosport (Grange Airfield) in his one-man aircraft “Spirit of St Louis”. He arrived here after flying “Spirit of St Louis” non-stop from Roosevelt Airfield, Garden City (Long Island), New York, to Paris …

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  • Hazz-larrr Hospital

    17 May

    Today in Gosport‘s Past:- on 17th May 2010, Channel 4’s Time Team showed their special “Nelson’s Hospital” on TV. I found it rather disappointing, to be honest, and was less than overjoyed at Tony Robinson’s description of the location as ‘Hazz-larrr Hospital, in Portsmouth.’ Oh …

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  • Trincomalee

    19 May

    Today in Gosport‘s Past:- on 19th May 1897, HMS “Trincomalee” was sold for scrap to Pounds scrapyard in Portsmouth; fortunately, she was saved at the eleventh hour and restored for use as a training ship at Pembroke, being renamed TS “Foudroyant”. After the death of …

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  • 26 May

    26 May

    Today in Gosport’s Past:- on 26 May 1887, local inventor & entrepreneur Victor Hutfield was born in Gosport. Vic became one of the town’s most enterprising characters, dabbling in motorcycles, aircraft, building, and transport. One of his early efforts was his home-made monoplane; this was …

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  • Bury House

    Mary Anne South and Bury House

    Discovery Centre, High Street,¬†Gosport, Hants,¬†PO12 1NS A talk on the unusual story of Mary Anne South and her father Thomas, both academics who researched the occult and ancient religions including experiments involving alchemy within Bury House in the mid-19th century. In 1850 Mary Anne’s work …

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  • Lee-on-Solent Light Railway

    12 May

    Today in Gosport’s Past:-on 12th May 1894, The official opening of the three and a half mile Lee-on-Solent Light Railway

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  • Bury Cross waterworks

    11 May

    Today in Gosport’s Past:-on 11th May 1858, The Gosport Waterworks Company came into being. The town recieved its first supply of water from the Bury Cross waterworks at the north end of Jellicoe Avenue on 26th September 1860. The original water tower was soon found …

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  • street parties

    8 May

    Today in Gosport’s Past:-on 8th May 1945, the war in Europe came to an end. We all know what happened, so here are a collection of photos of VE day street parties and celebrations in Gosport. Credits to original photographers.    

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  • Jackie spencer bridge

    7 May

    Today in Gosport’s Past:- on 7th May 1907, the death occurred of John Spencer (better known as Jackie Spencer). Yes, ’tis he of ‘Jackie Spencer’s Bridge’ fame. John was born in Andover in 1838, and in 1854, at the age of 16, he joined the …

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  • London Flotilla

    London Flotilla of the Royal Navy Volunteer Supplementary Reserve

    A group from the London Flotilla of the Royal Navy Volunteer Supplementary Reserve (RNV(S)R) travelled to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 7th April 2016 to present memorabilia to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The items consisted of a framed print, a framed description of …

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