Saturday, 3 November 2012
Main gate, Portsmouth Dockyard
Men in hats pouring out of the main gate to Portsmouth Dockyard, some time before 1910. The dockyard is now known as Portsmouth Historic Dockyard but the gate is much the same. They were widened during the Second World War to allow large vehicles to pass through but they have the same globes on either side and the plaque to commemorate Queen Anne's visit in 1711 can still be seen to the right of the gates. The lantern and archway have been lost.
You are free to wander around the dockyard these days to view 800 years of history, paying only to visit attractions such as HMS Victory. However, I do feel it's proper for men to wear hats.
Note the wagon on the right of the postcard which advertises H. Caswell, Baker and Provision Merchant. Then "Shipping Supplied". I don't think they need shipping. Does Mr Caswell realise this is a dockyard?
A post for Sepia Saturday. A click on the button will take you to the Sepia Saturday blog.