Things to do in Gosport, Hampshire
Throughout the Middle Ages it was a small port town with a few hundred inhabitants who made a living as fishermen.
In the 15th century Fort Blockhouse, a defense tower, was built overlooking the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. By the 16th century the local industry was sailmaking and shipbuilding but the English Civil War brought turmoil to the town in 1642.
In 1694 Gosport finally got its own Church of the Trinity and became a separate parish from nearby Alverstoke.
As Portsmouth expanded, Gosport built storehouses, timber yards and ropewalks where rope was made by the mile for shipping. A brewery and an iron foundry followed, both essential for keeping Portsmouth dockyard running smoothly!
The town continued to develop with weekly markets and a workhouse. A gunpowder magazine was built near Priddy's Hard Fort which was safer than its previous store in the square tower in the centre of Old Portsmouth!
In 1905 the submarine base was built at Gosport. Portsmouth was heavily bombed during World War II. 11,000 houses in Gosport were damaged with 111 locals killed and 289 wounded.
Present Day Gosport
The Holy Trinity Church is a local landmark and focal point of the community on the waterfront. Dating back to 1696 it has a striking belltower and a Handel organ.
Outside the church is the Timespace Millennium sundial. It not only indicates the time but also the date with a small circle of light. The mosaic perimeter shows a dateline of Gosport's historic events.
Most of Gosport's employment is in skilled manual labour in construction, manufacturing and marine industries as well as Royal Navy training establishments.
Although Gosport has no railway station, the Gosport Ferry links the town with Portsmouth Harbour railway station.
Things to Do Around Gosport
Gosport Discovery Centre is in the old library building which was opened in 1901.
The HMS Dolphin Royal Submarine Museum is an interesting museum with local connections. Explosion! is a museum of naval firepower in the old armaments yard at Priddy's Hard.
Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard is a fantastic attraction and passes include entry into a variety of museums, access to the Mary Rose, a rescued Tudor warship, and a narrated tour of the naval dockyard by boat.
Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth has three viewing platforms and is surrounded by the excellent shops and dining on Gunwharf Quays.
The area has some beautiful sandy beaches and fishing, boat trips, sailing and watersports are readily available.