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Hampshire Buildings

These are some of the smaller buildings and other curiosities in North and South East Hampshire.

New Forest Attractions and Curiosities have their own pages, and the Isle of Wight has a separate Gazetteer.

The Jolly Sailor Funicular

Location

Hampshire Map

OS Ref: SU 490 093

Last Visited: 2016

The Jolly Sailor Funicular

The Jolly Sailor Funicular

There can't be many pubs in this country that can boast their own funicular railway (or even a cog lift if you want to be pedantic).

Admittedly the one at the Jolly Sailor in Old Bursledon is for goods only; the punters either have to walk down the steep steps from the road to the river bank or, one suspects in most cases, arrive by boat.

I haven't visited the pub, but it seems to get good reviews.

External Links and References

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Fort Gilkicker

Location

Hampshire Map

OS Ref: SZ 607 975

Last Visited: 2014

Fort Gilkicker Gosport

Fort Gilkicker Gosport

Fort Gilkicker is one of a ring of forts around Portsmouth and Gosport built in the 19th century known as the Palmerston Forts. Nearby Fort Nelson, now the home to the Royal Armouries, is another example.

The fort has twenty two gun emplacements set in a semi-circular series of granite-faced casemates, and was designed to sweep the approaches to Portsmouth harbour with gun fire.

Built on the site of the earlier Fort Monckton Auxiliary Battery, construction commenced in 1863 and was completed in 1871. It was stood down in 1956.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Fort Gilkicker: A Unique Victorian Coast Defence Battery
      A site dedicated to the study and preservation of Fort Gilkicker, the Victorian defences and history of Stokes Bay Gosport.
      https://www.fortgilkicker.co.uk/
    • Fort Gilkicker
      The site created by the developers, Chesterton Humberts. Has a brief history and other information. N.B. The last update to the web site was in 2012, and all restoration and development work on the fort appears to have ground to a halt.
      http://www.fortgilkicker.com/

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Longbridge Mill

Location

Hampshire Map

OS Ref: SU 683 581

Last Visited: 2013

Longbridge Mill

Longbridge Mill

Longbridge Mill in Sherfield on Loddon is a restored water mill with a large waterwheel and milling machinery.

Restored in 1991, it is in full working order and still in regular use, albeit only once a month.

It is housed in a timber-framed building dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The adjoining mill house is now a pub, offering standard Vintage Inns fare (and very good it is too).

At the time of my visit (2014) milling days were the fourth Saturday of each month, and milling took place between 12 noon and 4 pm. Admission is free. At other times the mill wass open on static display between 11am to 11pm. It can be viewed through glass from the restaurant, and you can ask the staff for access. The wholemeal flour is for sale behind the bar.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Longbridge Mill
      A bit more information from the Hampshire Mills site.
      http://www.hampshiremills.org/Mills%20Longbridge.htm
    • The Longbridge Mill in Sherfield on Loddon
      The pub's web site. Doesn't say a ;ot about the mill but has lots of photos.
      http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/south-east/thelongbridgemillsherfieldonloddon

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Warblington Castle

Location

Hampshire Map

OS Ref: SU 728 055

Last Visited: 2016

Warblington Castle

Warblington Castle

As you walk along the coastal path to the east of Langstone, the scant remains of Warblington Castle are clearly visible. Unfortunately, as they are on private land, the nearer you get, the more difficult they are to see.

It was never a castle as such, although there may have been a crenellated medieval manor on the site. This was rebuilt between 1515 and 1525 by Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, the brother of Edward IV and Richard III.

The house was demolished by Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War. One turret of the gatehouse was left, however, as an aid to navigation for ships in Langstone channel.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Warblington Castle
      The entry in Historic England's PastScape database
      http://www.pastscape.org/hob.aspx?hob_id=242155
    • Warblington_Castle
      Wikipedia article
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warblington_Castle

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Winchester City Mill

Location

Hampshire Map

OS Ref: SU 486 293

Last Visited: 2016

The City Mill

The City Mill

The City Mill in Winchester has had a chequered history.

Although there has been a corn mill on the site since at least Saxon times, the current building dates from 1744.

Milling ceased sometime in the early 1900s when all the mill machinery was stripped out and it became a laundry.

In 1928 it was offered for sale and, in order to prevent its demolition, it was bought by a group of benefactors who presented it to the National Trust. After spending many years as a popular youth hostel, restoration began in the early 1990s.

Milling recommenced in 2004 using a pair of millstones which came from Abbotstone Mill in Hampshire. Milling takes place most weekends but check the National Trust web site for details.

These days, from the ground floor up, the interior of the mill is basically a large open space with various exhibits dotted around the sides. The single pair of mill stones look more like one of the exhibits than an integral part of the building.

Down in the basement things are much better. Here the power of the mill can be felt as the waterwheel turns the major gear wheels. The latter were rescued from nearby Durngate Mill.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Winchester City Mill
      National Trust Handbook entry detailing opening times, ticket prices, facilities, etc.
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winchester-city-mill
    • 2016 Milling Demonstrations
      Click Link
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winchester-city-mill/whats-on

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Bursledon Windmill

Location

Hampshire Map

OS Ref: SU 482 108

Last Visited: 2014

Bursledon Windmill

Bursledon Windmill

The current Bursledon Windmill, a five storey tower mill, was built in 1814. It replaced an earlier tower mill dating back to 1766. It ceased working in the 1880s, and was derelict in 1978.

Between 1978 and 1991, the mill was restored by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust. The sails were replaced in 1990, and the mill finally opened to the public in May 1991.

At the time of my visit (2014) it was out of action as a major restoration project is underway. This involves replacing the wind shaft, to which the sails are attached and which drives all the mill machinery.

One I shall be going back to, once it is fully reopened.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Bursledon Windmill
      The official site with all the basic details.
      https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/bursledon-windmill
    • Bursledon Windmill
      Wikipedia article
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bursledon_Windmill

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