Queen Victoria's Gosport, by Philip Eley £2.75
Now on sale at Elson Library, Bridgemary Library, Lee-on-the-Solent Library and
at Gosport Tourist Information Centre at the bus station. 24 pages with 11 black and white illustrations.
Between 1844 and 1901 Queen Victoria set foot on Gosport soil more than 400
times when travelling by rail and boat between her mainland homes and Osborne on the Isle of Wight. The Queen’s private railway station in Clarence Yard ensured that most of her
visits were kept out of the public eye, something that was much appreciated by her, particularly during the years after Prince Albert’s early death.
Whilst en route the Queen sometimes reviewed troops in Clarence Yard. She also
made particular trips from Osborne to review troops at Browndown, to see the patients in Haslar Hospital, and to visit her son Prince Alfred at Alverbank and her nephew the Prince of
Leiningen at Eastern House, their some-time residences at Stokes Bay.
Prince Albert, apart from accompanying the Queen, made numerous visits to watch
the outer fortifications being built. Edward, Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, made an impromptu tour of Gosport. Princess Louise was guest of honour at a bazaar at Alverstoke
Rectory, whilst Princess Beatrice handed out awards at the Thorngate Memorial Hall.
Gosport was also the place from which Victoria’s funeral train started on
her final journey to her resting place at Windsor in 1901.
All of these events were newsworthy, and it is from the
pages of the Hampshire Telegraph and The Times that this account is drawn. In addition we have the Queen’s own thoughts on places and events, drawn from the pages of her Journal.