Green Plaque Restoration Award


Gosport Society Restoration Award 2011


The Guinness Heritage Partnership President, the Marchioness of Douro, unveiled the first plaque, at the Railway Station, on the 13th September.  The Railway Station fully deserved the award, as the quality of the restoration is superb. The Station has been resurrected from dereliction and now provides affordable housing to buy or rent, together with some office space for small start-up businesses.


On the 14th October, Alderman Chris Carter, the Mayor of Gosport, unveiled the other two plaques: the first at the Superintendent’s House, and the second at the Granary and Bakery, both in Clarence Yard.  These two buildings also richly deserve recognition for the quality of their restoration.  The date of the14th October was chosen, as on that date in 1844 Queen Victoria and King Louis Phillipe of France took their lunch in the Superintendent’s House.


In 2012 the the Royal Engineers' Mews in Weevil Lane, Gosport was awarded a Green Plaque Restoration Award. The unveiling was on 27th July 2012.


No award was made for 2013, and 2014.


Church Cottage

Church Cottage in 2012


As it is two years since we made a Restoration Award I am delighted to announce that in 2015 we have found a worthy recipient: Rowner Cottages, now renamed Church Cottage.
The owners, Mr and Mrs Stickland, have achieved wonders in a very difficult task to rescue this pair of dilapidated cottages and have taken great pains to incorporate contemporary materials and to retain historic features. It has been a long process but at last the building has been restored to its ‘former glory’. Structural work is complete and internal fitting-out is aimed to be finished in time for occupation Christmas 2015.

Howard Bennett


Church Cottage in 2015


Award ceremony photo gallery


The Green Plaque Restoration Award to Church Cottage Rowner was presented at a ceremony on 24 October 2015 by Canon John Draper, the Rector of St Mary the Virgin Church, who carried out the unveiling and praised the preservation.


Blue Plaque 2015
Castle Tavern

Castle Tavern

Castle Tavern


New Blue Plaque 2017
Lady Wakefield House


This house in The Crescent at Alverstoke housed many famous people, initially Robert Cruickshank who built it in 1826-30. It was named Uxbridge House after Lord Uxbridge who laid the foundation stone for the development. In the late 1800s. The house came onto the market at the end of 1929 after the death of Mary Blake (one of the brewing family) who had lived there for over 30 years. It was bought with some funding contributed by Lord Wakefield, £8000, as a seaside lodge (part of the Chidren's Home complex) where delicate children could be nursed back to health. It was renamed as (Lady) Wakefield House at his request.
Charles Wakefield (1859-1941) was a wealthy oil broker who formed Wakefield & Co. dealing in lubricating oil for steam engines. He realised the potential for petrol engines and designed Castrol, so named because it contained castor oil, which became world famous.
He was a benefactor to daring pioneers: he financed aviators, Sir Alan Cobham, Amy Johnson and Jean Batten; he backed Sir Henry Segrave (who raced the Golden Arrow and Miss England), supported the Schneider Trophy and presented the Wakefield Gold Trophy for the world speed record.
He was Lord Mayor of London, Freeman of the City, Governor of St. Thomas’s and Bart’s Hospitals and President of the RNLI. He was also one of the major Philanthropists of the 20th century alongside Cadbury and the Lever brothers. He sponsored many charities and set up the Wakefield Trust. Finally, in 1931, he helped to purchase the house and adjoining estate for the National Children’s Home.
The main drive to the house was originally on the site of Miracles but today is from Stephenson Close. As this is not very prominent, it was felt that the plaque would be better placed on the wall facing the Crescent. The property has now been divided into three flats and the owner of the centre house kindly agreed for it to be fixed in this position.
Uxbridge House

Green Plaque Restoration Award


The Gosport Society’s Green Plaque scheme was instituted to recognise, and to stimulate public interest in, the high quality restoration of historic buildings and structures in the Borough.


The three Restoration Awards in 2011 were well received and the Gosport Society wants broaden its search for worthy examples of recently 'saved' buildings and structures.  To this end, a Nomination Form has been produced which is obtainable from any member of the Committee, from this website and from various outlets (yet to be confirmed), which will enable the general public to contribute their suggestions.


The Society wishes all interested persons to keep their eyes and ears open to find suitable candidates for the Award, in every corner of the Borough. 

Size does not have to be a consideration: what matters most is the Heritage value and appropriate use after restoration.


The Gosport Society Committee is now looking for new nominations for Green Plaque Awards in 2017/18.


Any site nominated needs to be completed by December 31st 2015.


Nominations must be submitted to Howard Bennett of the Gosport Society by 1st. March 2016.



You may nominate a development for a Gosport Society Green Plaque Restoration Award Here:



You can also download a form to fill in here:




The following criteria are offered as guidelines for submitting the nomination:

  • Historical significance
  • Importance to Heritage
  • Architectural merit
  • Uniqueness
  • True to original
  • Quality of restoration
  • workmanship
  • Value to local community

    Commemorative Blue Plaques


    The Old Blue Bell Inn D Day Centre: Stokes Bay


    The Council awarded eleven of these between 1990 and 2001 but has since discontinued owing to a lack of resources. Gosport Society has resolved to carry on this commendable work in the Borough and complete the commemoration of buildings/structures which have a historic significance either in their own right or because of their association with important people or events.
    This will be done in accordance with the principles recommended by English Heritage and in stages once we have selected the most worthy buildings, the criteria for which will be that they must be still existing, visible from the public way, and of special historic interest.
    I believe that this is a worthwhile and appropriate project for the Society to undertake, is much appreciated by local people, celebrates Gosport's great history and performs an educational and conservation role. The Council Conservation Officer applauds our involvement and we shall of course seek his advice regarding suitable sites.
    If any member of the Society has any suggestions for other Blue, or Green Plaques, please contact me.

    Howard Bennett

    Commemorative Blue Plaques in Gosport
    Ref Erected Subject Location GBC
    1 1990 Henry Cort Car Park Minnit Road GBC
    2 1990 Press Gangs Bemisters Lane GBC
    3 1991 India Arms High Street GBC
    4 1991 Ship Tank Haslar Road GBC
    5 1992 Martin Snape Spring Garden Lane GBC
    6 1992 Star Inn Nelson's High Street GBC
    7 1992 Old Blue Bell Inn High Street/North Cross Street GBC
    8 1996 Old Grammar School High Street GBC
    9 1996 D-Day Control Centre Stokes bay Sailing Club HQ GBC
    10 1997 Forton Gaol Lees lane NSSOAR
    11 1998 Forton Barracks Forton Road GBC
    12 2001 Thornton Theatre High Street GBC
    13 2014 Maj. Smith_Barry R.F.C. Alverbank Stokes Bay GAS
    14 2015 Castle Tavern Mumby Road GS
    15 2017 Lady Wakefield House The Crescent Alverstoke GS


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    Gosport Station

    Gosport Station

    Clarence Yard granary

    Clarence Yard

    Granary and Bakery

    Superintendent's Residence

    Superintendent's Residence




    Royal Engineers' Mews

    R.E. Mews




    Church Cottage in October 2015
    Church Cottage in October 2015
    Alan and Michell Stickland
    Church Cottages Rowner


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