Bay House and The Alverbank (Event from 2017)

Bay House Alverbank

Bay House and The Alverbank (Event from 2017)


Bay House and The Alverbank: noble houses and their occupants

Diving Museum, No2 Battery, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2QU

During this talk by Joy Hammond you’ll find out about the two lovely Victorian houses which sit close to the shoreline at Stokes Bay, overlooking the Isle of Wight. Bay House has a rich history which can be traced back to 1838. It was designed by a well known architect of the day as a seaside getaway for Lord Ashburton. The Alverbank House was built in 1842 for John Croker, one of the central figures of early Victorian politics.

Joy will explain some of the special architectural features involved and also give you and insight to the residents and regular visitors that these great houses attracted over the decades.

Duration approx 60 mins



  • Friday 8 September: 1900 – 2000


No booking required


Entry steps into Battery may restrict wheelchair access, but volunteers willing to lift chair down steps. Also, a wheelchair is available for use once in the Battery.



Both houses are very close to the talk venue at The Diving Museum so it will be easy for visitors to catch a glimpse of these buildings as the pass. In fact, The Alverbank (now a hotel) has a lovely bar where you can relax and soak up the Victorian atmosphere. Please arrive 10 mins before the start time.


Joy Hammond

MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

Situated next to large pay and display car park and the Bayside Cafe

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