Portsmouth being an important naval base required an improved transport link with London for the conveyance of goods. At the time goods had to be carried by ship, through the English Channel, to the Port of London. These waters were dangerous due to the numerous sandbanks and exposed to potential enemy action. The canal was [...]
Local History 1815 – 1850
This section examines the transport links within the local area and how and why these were developed. It also introduces the political scene following our victory at Waterloo and the lessons that were learnt.
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A really surprising find within Alan Bell's collection at the Bluebell railway. This plan shows the existing (at the time) routes between Hayling and Langstone (in buff) and the proposed changes with the introduction of the road bridge (in red). Things to note: The end of what is now Langstone High Street leads straight onto [...]