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    A History of the Gosport Compton Organ

    A History of the GOSPORT COMPTON ORGAN Thorngate Halls Gosport The Compton Cinema Organ was originally installed in the Gaumont Palace, Wood Green, London and was opened by Frederic Bayco 26 March 1934. It then moved to the Twickenham College of Technology in 1966. In …

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  • A History of Gosport

    A History of Gosport http://www.gosport.gov.uk/sections/living/ Geography The Solent and our coastline are the result of thousands of years of geological change, reclamation and management by man. The Gosport peninsula, which is part of the coastal plain of south-east Hampshire, is formed by a series of …

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    A Short History of St Vincent

    Everyone has heard of St Vincent College, but who knows about its origins and namesakes? Here are some facts & figures: the first HMS ‘St Vincent’ was an 8-gun fireship captured from the French in 1692, and sold in 1698; the second HMS ‘St Vincent’ …

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    Steam Pinnace 199 – Local volunteer group receive two national awards in one day

    At the National Historic Ships annual award ceremony on board HQS Wellington yesterday, 23rd Oct, Group 199 were presented with the Marsh Award for Historic Vessel Conservation. A few hours later at the ICON (Institute of Conservation) annual awards, Steam Pinnace 199 won the IMechE …

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  • RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is supporting Gosport Heritage Open Days for the first time this year, through architect- and specialist-led tours of key sites in the town. The RIBA’s Love Architecture initiative celebrates buildings and their architects all over the country. Gosport …

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  • WW2 ARP bunker – Local Heroes to the Rescue

    Visitors to the Diving Museum may have noticed that it is very damp in parts – thanks to being an old, underground, earth-covered building. It means that paper doesn’t survive very well in those conditions. SO … to preserve our archives (and overflow exhibits) we …

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    Practice WW1 battlefield discovered at Gosport MoD site

    A replica World War One battlefield where soldiers trained in trench warfare before being sent to the front has been discovered in Hampshire. Two sets of opposing trench systems, with a no man’s land between them, were found beneath heathland at the Ministry of Defence’s …

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    The Old Rectory – Maria Francisca of Portugal

    Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal Infanta (princess) Maria Francisca of Portugal (or of Bragança) was a daughter of King John VI of Portugal.  Her full name was: Maria Francisca de Assis da Maternidade Xavier de Paula de Alcântara Antónia Joaquina Gonzaga Carlota Mónica Senhorinha Soter …

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