Not a bare head in sight at dockyard outmuster

Outmuster at Portsmouth Dockyard's Unicorn Gate in about 1910
Outmuster at Portsmouth Dockyard's Unicorn Gate in about 1910
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There is not a bare head in sight as these Portsmouth Dockyard workers pour out of Unicorn Gate in this picture from about 1910.

Known as the outmuster, it was a spectacular daily occurrence as the day shift ended.

Portsmouth Dockyard's main gate in about 1910

Portsmouth Dockyard's main gate in about 1910

In later years the outmuster was dominated by hundreds of cycles, but there is not one to be seen here.

But there are lots of characterful faces and beards among the flat caps and bowlers.

The winter photograph of Main Gate on The Hard is much more peaceful, perhaps taken during the working day or even on a Sunday, judging by the smart clothes of the men and boys.

Again, everybody is wearing a hat and, like the previous picture, there’s not a woman to be seen.

The three black and white pictures here are all from Waterlooville collector Paul Costen at costen.co.uk and his third shows another grand entrance, this time the ceremonial arch leading into the Royal Naval Barracks in Queen Street, Portsea.

The barracks opened in 1903 and like most military bases in the then town was given a grand entrance.

Since then the access to the site (now HMS Nelson) has been changed to allow larger vehicles through.

However, the entrance is still there although today it is purely decorative.