Royal Clarence Yard, Cooperage Green, Weevil Lane, Gosport, PO12 1FY. Starting points at The Pump House Cafe or The Driftwood Studio
Take a walk through the victualing yard that supplied ‘Jolly Jack Tar’ with his rum and rations for over 100 years. Explore the site of the old slaughter house that ran with blood and innards of livestock. See where young lads earned their cash with sling shot and stick in an attempt to control the rats. Discover the personal railway station of Queen Victoria. Visit the Pump House, still connected to an underground lake spreading all the way from the Pyrenees Mountains and which supplied bygone Gosport with sweet water for the brewing of fine ale. View the old site of the largest bakery in England, possibly even the world!
This self-led tour is an excellent opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through one of Gosport’s most historic and sometimes horrific sites.
There is free parking for Blue Badge holders in North Meadows, subject to availability.
The Old Pumphouse Café (Cooperage Green, Royal Clarence Yard, PO12 1FX)is an historic building that serves great refreshments and snacks. https://www.facebook.com/ThePumpHouseGosport/info?tab=overview
The Driftwood Studio (Unit 2A, North Meadow, Royal Clarence Yard, PO12 1BP) is the ‘home’ of celebrated marine artist Colin M Baxter. Pop in to see his artwork and displays. http://www.colinmbaxter.co.uk/
Sue & Ken Wright
Parking at Cooperage Green, time restrictions apply. * Limited parking at both places