Fort Gilkicker

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Fort Gilkicker one of  Lord Palmerston’s forts was constructed between 1863 and 1869 at Stokes Bay, near Gosport. Its purpose was to defend the Naval deep water anchorage at Spithead and to provide protection to the Western approach to Portsmouth Naval dockyard and harbour.  Fort Gilkicker was conceived as a semi-circular fort for 26 guns on one level firing through armoured embrasures with a barrack closing the rear of the semi-circle. It faced in a easterly direction its principal role was to direct fire on Sturbridge Shoal and to the flanks were to bear upon Spithead and Stokes Bay. The design for the fort was altered slightly in 1871 for 22 guns in casemates with five heavier guns in open positions on the roof. Today the armoured embrasures to the outside of the fort can’t be seen as they are all now covered with earth. The fort is abandoned  and derelict but a number of years ago was sold to be turned into luxury houses but no work has started.

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No way in!


no way in

Fort Monckton is a historic military fort at the Eastern end of Stokes Bay Gosport Hampshire originally built to protect Portsmouth harbour at the start of the American War of Independence. It was rebuilt in the 1880s a part of the Lord Palmerston’s ring of forts around Portsmouth. Almost abandoned during WW2 the fort remained in the ownership of the Ministry of Defence. Today it is said to be the only Portsmouth fort controlled by the Army rather than the Navy. It is also said the fort is a secret training centre for SIS (Secret Intelligence Service).


Catching the Boxing day wave


As many people do we try and get out for some fresh air on Boxing day. I saw dogs going for walks with new coats on , children with new bikes,walkers with new boots and hats. Many runners burning off their Christmas excesses, wind surfers and kite surfers riding the waves.

Best of all is watching the sea on a stormy morning.


Women in the woods.

Garden Statue

A garden statue at Hinton Ampner House a National Trust owned house a few miles outside Winchester. Today the grounds opened an hour before the house after taking the first picture I decided to slow the camera speed right down to blur the picture to make some movement of the sculpture. I am happy with the result, which reminded me of the Dr Who weeping angel statues that moved when you looked away.

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Turk Deniz Sehitligi



During November 1850 two Turkish Warships anchored off Gosport for an extended stay. During their stay many of the crew contracted Cholera. Those taken ill were admitted to the Naval Hospital at Haslar. Most of these Sailors died and were buried at the Hospital. Later the bodies were moved to a dedicated Turkish Cemetery at Clayhall Cemetery along with other Turkish sailors from the ships  who had died of accidents. Today a total 26 Turkish Sailors rest on English soil and lay under a Turkish flag.




What’s your tipple

Southwick Brewhouse today is a specialist beer shop, in Victorian times it was the brewery for The Golden Lion pub next door. Beer was brewed here until 1957. Within the building is an old steam engine which is run on several days per year and up stairs is a small museum.


Close to The Golden Lion is Southwick House, In 1944, leading up to  D-Day, the house became the headquarters of the allied commanders, including Naval Commander-in-Chief Admiral Ramsey,  Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower and  General Montgomery.

It is said Monty & Eisenhower visited The Golden Lion for their tipple, I made do with a bottle from the shop.


Heading into Southampton.

Christmas shopping took us into Southampton and to the other end of Southampton water from yesterdays blog where ships arriving at the Port with good views from Mayflower Park.

The arival this morning were a shipment of cars some nice Christmas presents for someone? Last time I was ship spotting from Mayflower park I was looking at The Hoegh Osaka follower her return to port after her salvage of Brambles bank. (details in the links below)

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December 2015