The house that Alfred built at Gosport:
still in the family, 85 years on

The moat and Palmerston Way, Gosport, in 1937
The moat and Palmerston Way, Gosport, in 1937
Landport Gate, from Garth Groombridges book Portsmouth In 50 Buildings, published by Amberley at �14.99 					All pictures: Garth Groombridge

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Ian Bartlett was delighted to see a recent aerial picture of houses in Palmerston Way, Gosport, in the 1930s.

For they were designed and built by his grandfather Alfred Leonard Bartlett, a builder with a yard in Alverstoke village at the back of Green Road Garage which is now occupied by mews houses.

was interested to see the aerial photograph of Palmerston Way in the '> 1930s. These houses were designed and built by my grandfather Alfred '> Leonard '> Bartlett  building contractor with a yard in Alverstoke village at the '> back '> of the Green Road Garage now occupied by mews houses.  He built many '> houses '> in the Gosport area and I attach one of his late 1920's advertisements. He '> commenced the Palmerston Way estate (or Bay Estate as initially known) in '> the late 1920s having purchased the land from the War Department.  My '> father '> Cyril Bartlett was an architect and assisted with the house designs. My '> grandfather died in 1938 and my father in 1986.  I live in one of my '> grandfather's houses in Palmerston Way which is now the only house in the '> road which has never been sold since it was built. '> '> I attach two further aerial photographs of Palmerston Way taken in1937. PPP-141117-112304001

was interested to see the aerial photograph of Palmerston Way in the '> 1930s. These houses were designed and built by my grandfather Alfred '> Leonard '> Bartlett building contractor with a yard in Alverstoke village at the '> back '> of the Green Road Garage now occupied by mews houses. He built many '> houses '> in the Gosport area and I attach one of his late 1920's advertisements. He '> commenced the Palmerston Way estate (or Bay Estate as initially known) in '> the late 1920s having purchased the land from the War Department. My '> father '> Cyril Bartlett was an architect and assisted with the house designs. My '> grandfather died in 1938 and my father in 1986. I live in one of my '> grandfather's houses in Palmerston Way which is now the only house in the '> road which has never been sold since it was built. '> '> I attach two further aerial photographs of Palmerston Way taken in1937. PPP-141117-112304001

Ian, who lives at Palmerston Way, says his grandfather built many houses in the Gosport area.

He says: ‘He commenced the Palmerston Way estate (or Bay Estate as it was known initially) in the late 1920s having purchased the land from the War Department.

‘My father Cyril Bartlett was an architect and assisted with the house designs. My grandfather died in 1938 and my father in 1986.

‘I live in one of my grandfather’s houses in Palmerston Way which is now the only house in the road which has never been sold since it was built.’