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Mills around Portsmouth Harbour (Event from 2019)

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The Alverbank Country House Hotel, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2QT

Hear about the mills in their heyday and what remains now, during this fascinating illustrated talk by Brenda Gilbert.

The Mills around Portsmouth Harbour worked exceedingly fast and hard grinding corn for bread during the Napoleonic Wars, but they were at the mercy of both wind and tide.

To meet the daily need of a pound of bread per person per day, a considerable amount of flour was required. The population around Gosport in the 1800s was about 12,000. Add to this the soldiers billeted here and some 9,000 prisoners on the floating hulks and inland prisons, that was a lot of mouths to feed!

Duration approx. 60 mins


Please note that this is an Event from 2019


No Booking Needed – Just turn up and enjoy


Some free parking by hotel, especially suitable for disabled or elderly visitors. Also lots of ‘pay to park’ spaces on the main bay road. Close to X5 and 9/9a bus routes. The Alverbank offers a wide range of refreshment/food throughout this time. Bar snacks, full meals, afternoon teas, and delicious ice creams are all available to purchase.



Please arrive 10 mins before the start time to choose your seats. Sorry, but no admission once the talk has started.


Brenda Gilbert and The Alverbank Hotel


MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

Turn off Stokes Bay Road opposite the sea wall.