History of the Lion Gate

The Lion Gate as it was in the ramparts circa 1777
The Lion Gate as it was in the ramparts circa 1777
A delightful look along Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth, in Edwardian days when all there was on the road was a bakers van and a stray dog.

NOSTALGIA: Telling the time in Old Portsmouth

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At first glance, this photograph seems to be one of the gates that once stood proudly as an entrance through the ramparts into Queen Street, Portsea.

At first glance, this photograph seems to be one of the gates that once stood proudly as an entrance through the ramparts into Queen Street, Portsea. I thought it was the same gate that now stands outside HMS Nelson.

The Lion Gate in its second rolel as an entrance to the 1903 naval barracks

The Lion Gate in its second rolel as an entrance to the 1903 naval barracks

But on further research I find it is the Lion Gate and it was first erected in 1777. It was dismantled when the fortifications were demolished and put into storage.

In 1903 a new naval barracks were built on what was Anglesea Barracks in the then Annesley Road, Portsea, a public thoroughfare.

Some years later it was again dismantled and put into storage and then in 1929 was incorporated into the building of the semaphore tower in the dockyard. It can only be seen from South Railway Jetty entrance.