Royal Clarence Yard restoration work praised by mayor and Gosport Society

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THE Gosport Society has recognised outstanding restoration work at Royal Clarence Yard by unveiling a pair of plaques.

The house of the yard’s former superintendent was the first building to receive the honour, presented by Gosport’s mayor, Councillor Chris Carter.

The old granary, bakery and mill also had a green plaque affixed by the mayor.

A representative of Berkeley Homes, the developer responsible for those buildings’ improved condition, was there to receive the award.

Gosport Society committee member Howard Bennett had high praise for the current owners of the superintendent’s house.

He said: ‘They didn’t employ a contractor or an architect, and did the whole renovation themselves. The house is now as good as it’s ever been.

‘After we’d unveiled the plaque at the superintendent’s house we then all walked down to the bakery where we were commending the restoration of the granary, the bakery and the mill.’

The plaques were unveiled at a ceremony on October 14.

The society is now seeking nominations for next year’s awards. People are being invited to come forward with their suggestions.

Mr Bennett added: ‘We’re lucky in Gosport that there are so many historic buildings. We’ll have plenty of restorations for a few years to come.’

The superintendent’s house is perhaps best known for once having played host to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and the King of France, Louis-Phillipe I.

In 1844, the monarchs were unable to sail from Gosport to France due to a vicious storm. They therefore called on the superintendent, who provided lunch after quickly ushering his guests out of the back door.