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Royal Clarence Yard – History Trail (Event from 2017)

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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.







Wheel chair parking Accesible parking Toilets accesible toilets Mobility impaired refreshments Service dogs welcome rest stops family friendly

There is free parking for Blue Badge holders in North Meadows, subject to availability.


The Pump House Meeting Point
The Pump House Cafe Collection Point

You can pick up a questionnaire from either the *Pump House Cafe or *The Driftwood Studio and follow the circular trail around the Yard looking for clues. How many answers will you find? The Pump House Cafe is an historic building that serves great refreshments and snacks. The Driftwood Studio is the ‘home’ of celebrated maritime artist Colin Baxter. Pop in to see his artwork and historic photographs.

The Old Pumphouse Café (Cooperage Green, Royal Clarence Yard,  PO12 1FX)is an historic building that serves great refreshments and snacks.

The Driftwood Studio Collection Point




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.


Sue & Ken Wright


MAP/DIRECTIONS (approximate)

Parking at Cooperage Green, time restrictions apply.  * Limited parking at both places