NOSTALGIA: Trafalgar remembered: fun at the aptly-named Pickle night

The prize for the best-dressed men at the HMS Pickle night, Jim Riley and Bob Errington.

Many of you will have heard of HMS Pickle, the topsail schooner at the Battle of Trafalgar.

She was far too small to take part in the action but stood off acting as a despatch vessel to bring news back to England about the battle.

Being taken' by the press gang of Jim Riley and Bob Errington is Mike Whetlor.

Pickle, commanded by Captain John Richards Lapenotiere, arrived at Falmouth on November 4, 1805.

Lapenotiere took a carriage to London arriving at the Admiralty after 21 changes of horse. The news of the victory brought great celebration, but the occasion was brought down when the news of the death of Nelson was announced.

From then on a Pickle night has been held in establishments within the navy and the HMS Lowestoft Association held one at their reunion a few weeks ago.

Ian Mackenzie sent me photographs of the night.

THEN: A view of Bedhampton looking west in the early years of the last century. The Golden Lion pub is on the right.  Picture: Ralph Cousins Collection.

•In the street scene we are looking west along what was then Main Road, Bedhampton, later the A27, in the early years of the last century. The Golden Lion pub is shouldered by a house to this side of it with just a gate to the rear of the building.

In the distance the road heads towards the Belmont and onward to Drayton and Cosham.

And then we come to the same view today.

The former Main Road had its peace and quiet shattered with the coming of the combustion engine. This caused the road to be widened to cope with modern traffic of course.

NOW: The former Main Road through Bedhampton had its peace and quiet taken with the coming of the combustion engine. This caused the road to be widened to cope with modern traffic of course. The children in the photograph on the facing page would not have believed the changes that would occur a century later. I am pleased to say the Golden Lion stands fast still serving a good pint and has an open fire. The old former gateway on the right has been replaced with an entrance to the car park since the house that was adjacent to the pub has been demolished.

The children in the first photograph would not have believed the changes that would occur a century later.

I am pleased to say the Golden Lion stands fast still serving a good pint and has an open fire.

The old former gateway on the right has been replaced with an entrance to the car park since the house that was adjacent to the pub has been demolished.

More from Heritage