Mills around Portsmouth Harbour

Mills around Portsmouth Harbour

Mills around Portsmouth Harbour


Mezzanine Floor, Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1BT

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 in land prisons, that was a lot of mouths to feed!

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

Duration approx. 60 mins


  • Thursday 7 September: 1930 – 2030


No Booking Needed


The event is on the Mezzanine Floor, accessible by lift or stairs. Seating is not allocated so please arrive early to choose your place.




Visitors may also be interested to view the beautifully handcrafted quilts, made by The Scrap Happy Quilters, on the theme of ‘Elements’ displayed on the wall of The Mezzanine.



Brenda Gilbert

MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

Next to Gosport Town Hall. Public car park opposite in South Street – fees apply


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