Blue plaque unveiled by group to commemorate Gosport’s pub history

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A PUB has been given a blue plaque marking the building’s rich history.

The Castle Tavern has been awarded the plaque by the Gosport Society as part of its programme to mark historical places around the area.

We work hard to allocate blue plaques on worthy sites in Gosport.

Dr Louis Murray

The plaque commemorates the site and its rich history and was unveiled during a ceremony attended by pub staff and members of the society.

Dr Louis Murray, from the group, said: ‘We’re keen to ensure the long and interesting history of the town is not lost to present and future generations.’

At the ceremony Paul Hutton­-Dunton, chairman of the society, gave an outline of the site’s history.

Everyone then went outside into the rain for the unveiling.

The Castle Tavern occupies the site of a fort constructed under orders of King Charles II as part of Gosport’s defence walls.

In 1782, Thomas Whitcomb set up an ale house inside the fort. Then, during the English Civil War, parliamentary forces built a gun platform to bombard Royalists.