Day 25: Portchester to Gosport – Defence & Alliance

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England, Hampshire
M-pipe carbon fibre subsea reeler system, Magma Global Factory, Portchester, Hampshire.

M-pipe carbon fibre subsea reeler system, Magma Global Factory, Portchester, Hampshire.

A camera drone buzzes over the ruined royal apartments of Richard II in Portchester Castle breaking the silence like a mosquito in a bedroom on a summer’s night.

Portchester Castle's 12th century keep, Hampshire.

Portchester Castle’s 12th century keep, Hampshire.

In the 1800’s three hundred prisoners were kept in the keep and their graffiti can be seen on the walls today. Those that died while incarcerated were buried in the mudflats and the tide occasionally reveal their remains.

Roman walls of Portchester Castle, Hampshire.

Roman walls of Portchester Castle, Hampshire.

Outside the Roman walls a teacher lectures her students with careful enunciation;
“The castle is surrounded by water on three sides for defensive purposes”,
“There’s no way you’d get a massive boat through there because; A, it’s too narrow – and B, oh I forgot where I was going there…”

Graveyard, St Mary's Portchester, Hampshire.

Graveyard, St Mary’s Portchester, Hampshire.

Norman west door, St Mary's Portchester, Hampshire.

Norman west door, St Mary’s Portchester, Hampshire.

A man is collecting sacks of seaweed – when asking him what for he tells me “Mulch for the garden – contains a lot of oxygen”

Portsmouth from Portchester, Hampshire.

Portsmouth from Portchester, Hampshire.

Two Yellow Wagtails and three Shire Horses. Whistle blows from an unseen sports field.

Raywood Ash, Wicor Recreation Ground, Hampshire.

Raywood Ash, Wicor Recreation Ground, Hampshire.

Beautifully canted victorian brick railway arches at Fareham. High street has a farmer’s market stall with a loudhailer “talk to me, it’s a good piece of meat”. The market seems to specialise in all-over wolf head t-shirts and fleeces of questionable taste.

Wallington Viaduct, 1848, Fareham, Hampshire.

Wallington Viaduct, 1848, Fareham, Hampshire.

Tapping of mast wires mix with the hum of traffic. “Well played” calls one golfer to another.

Sea Wolf and Sea Dart, surface-to-air missiles, Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport, Hampshire,

Sea Wolf and Sea Dart, surface-to-air missiles, Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport, Hampshire,

Forced away from the shore by the huge site at Defence Munitions Gosport. Surprised that the government agency ‘Defence Equipment and Support’ have their own logo comprising of tasteful sans-serif typeface and feel good amorphous purple graphic – in the style of a Premier Inn or mid-ranking accountancy firm.

Harbour Towers, Kenneth Barden & J E Tyrrell, Mosaic Murals, 1963, Gosport, Hampshire.

Harbour Towers, Kenneth Barden & J E Tyrrell, Mosaic Murals, 1963, Gosport, Hampshire.

The rustling of desiccated oak leaves in the breeze. Coach House Inn advertises ‘Arty’s not to be missed meat raffle’  people do like their meat around here.

Resolution Class Submarine Propeller, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire.

Resolution Class Submarine Propeller, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire.

HMS Alliance looming darkly its whale-like form held aloft behind a forest of white masts.

Bow of HMS Alliance, Britain's last surviving Second World War-e

Bow of HMS Alliance, Britain’s last surviving Second World War-era submarine, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire.

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7 thoughts on “Day 25: Portchester to Gosport – Defence & Alliance”

  1. Mike Young says:

    Well done. Wellington Viaduct is my favourite this time. The perspective in Bow of HMS Alliance makes it look massive, more so than I would have thought for a Second World War-era submarine.

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    • Thanks Mike, Victorian engineering is always so handsome! Yes the Alliance is nothing like the scale of a modern nuclear sub but still very imposing as she’s held out of the water since her £7 Million restoration

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  2. Graveyard, St Mary’s Porchester, Hampshire.

    A grand old Yew Tree! “A female (close to the NW corner) girth 13 feet 4 inches.

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