A few weeks ago I published a photograph of part of the Highbury estate at Cosham and mentioned the Dockyard estate in the picture’s bottom left hand corner.
Mr DAP James, of Gosport, dropped me a line telling me more about that part of the estate.
It was planned and built by the Admiralty to house Scottish workers coming down from Rosyth.
However, not as many came as anticipated and the surplus houses were offered to Portsmouth Dockyard employees through a joint trade union/management association.
The estate then became a mix of Scots and local employees.
What was not arranged beforehand was when and to whom the owners could sell the houses and a dilution of 100 per cent Dockyard ownership soon started.
The names of the estate’s roads had several Scottish connections as we see to this day with the likes of Elgin Close and Pitreavie Road.
As to the half-moon-shaped piece of land to the south of Tudor Crescent – this was all owned by property owners on the estate through the association.
The army approached the association with a view to purchasing the land to build a drill hall. It was put to a vote but many of the Tudor Crescent residents were against the sale because they would lose their views.
Those on other parts of the estate were not interested in a view – any money coming from the sale was more important than green space. The vote went in favour of a sale and all the residents received a share of the proceeds.