Sunday drivers, the old A3 and much-missed Horndean brewery

It must have been a Sunday as this part of the old A3 passing the  gales brewery in Horndean  saw non-stop traffic when it was busy.
It must have been a Sunday as this part of the old A3 passing the gales brewery in Horndean saw non-stop traffic when it was busy.

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I imagine the photograph above must have been taken on a Sunday morning in 1970 because there is so little traffic.

It is of course the old A3 passing the much-missed Gales Brewery at Horndean.

WRNS Wrens of HMS Daedalus III pose on the area that is now Tarrant Gardens, Bedhampton

WRNS Wrens of HMS Daedalus III pose on the area that is now Tarrant Gardens, Bedhampton

This is a much-altered scene with the brewery closed and partially demolished and new building taking place along this stretch of road.

- I wonder if the residents of Tarrant Gardens, Bedhampton, know their houses are built on the site of the former Stockheath School.

Before that period and during the war it was HMS Daedalus III, a satellite camp to the main site at Lee-on-the-Solent.

Here we see wrens at the camp on the parade ground which would later become the school playground. Some camp buildings, which later became part of the school, can be seen in the background.

DUMPED The footbridge at Hilsea Lines

DUMPED The footbridge at Hilsea Lines

- This former railway bridge, below, was dumped at Hilsea along the fortifications of Hilsea Lines.

I think it could be the footbridge that crossed the lines at Portcreek, but stand to be corrected. Is it still there?

When I used this tranquil and reflective picture recently I did not think for a moment that it would ring bells with anyone. Yet again, you have proved me wrong. For Crendle Pink instantly recognised the boat. He says: It was owned by my parents Eddie and Joan Pink. We lived on it for many years and the picture brought back many happy memories, especially as my parents have passed away. Crendle believes the photo dates to 1972 or 73.

When I used this tranquil and reflective picture recently I did not think for a moment that it would ring bells with anyone. Yet again, you have proved me wrong. For Crendle Pink instantly recognised the boat. He says: It was owned by my parents Eddie and Joan Pink. We lived on it for many years and the picture brought back many happy memories, especially as my parents have passed away. Crendle believes the photo dates to 1972 or 73.