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PUBLIC HOUSES

THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A LARGE NUMBER OF PUBLIC HOUSES ON PORTLAND BUT NUMBERS DROPPED AFTER THE ROYAL NAVY DEPARTED.

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CASTLETOWN, 1880s. NOTE CASTLE INN IN THE BACKGROUND. FOR A MODERN VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW.

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STRAITS. A PUB CALLED THE SWAN IS TO THE LEFT OF THE PICTURE. FOR A MODERN VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW.

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THE ALEXANDRA INN, WAKEHAM, c1905. FOR A MODERN VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW

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THE GROVE INN. THIS WAS IN GROVE ROAD NEXT TO VICTORIA ROAD. 

 IN THE 1940s. LICENSEES WERE: 1867 MRS. MARY MAYO, 1874 DAVID PEARCE, 1875 WILLIAM PEARCE, 1880 ROBERT SMITH, 1885 - 1911 WILLIAM JENOUR, 1915 JAMES SANSFORD, 1920-1929 MRS. HENRIETTA TRAVERS, 1930-1931 BERTIE HENRY POLDEN, 1932-1937 WILLIAM AYLES, 1938-1941 THOMAS WESLEY EMERSON, 1948-1951 LEONARD L. SHORTER, 1955 T. JONES

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THE GEORGE INN. POSSIBLY THE OLDEST INHABITED HOUSE ON PORTLAND. PLEASE SEE A MODERN VIEW BELOW.

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THE COVE INN STANDS ON THE CREST OF CHESIL BEACH. IT HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO VIOLENT STORMS WITH STORIES OF PEBBLES RATTLING DOWN ON THE ROOF. THE SEA WALL NOW OFFERS MORE PROTECTION THAN IN EARLY DAYS.

THE PICTURE BELOW SHOWS THE PUB AFTER THE GREAT STORM OF 1990. IT WAS CONSIDERABLY REFURBISHED TO GET IT OPEN AGAIN.

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THE SUN INN STOOD NEAR THE TOP OF FORTUNESWELL HIGH STREET. IT WAS DEMOLISHED ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER PROPERTIES ON THE RIGHT.

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THE VOLUNTEER INN IN EASTON IS NOW A BANK BRANCH. IT IS IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE PICTURE BELOW

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THE ROYAL PORTLAND ARMS IN FORTUNESWELL. KING GEORGE III OFTEN ATE PORTLAND MUTTON HERE WHICH HE DECLARED TO BE THE BEST IN ENGLAND. SEE BELOW FOR A MODERN VIEW.

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THE MERMAID PUBLIC HOUSE WHICH IS NOW A PRIVATE HOUSE SEEN BELOW IN ITS HEYDAY.

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PLEASE SEE THE STORY OF PORTLAND'S MERMAID BY CLICKING HERE.

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY STORIES OF SEA MONSTERS - SOME NOTHING LIKE AS PRETTY AS THE MERMAID SHOWN ON THAT WEBSITE! ANOTHER SEA MONSTER WAS WASHED ASHORE ALONG CHESIL BEACH DURING THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. IT WAS DESCRIBED AS HAVING A VERY LONG NECK AND A SNAKE-LIKE HEAD. HOWEVER, THE 'MONSTER' WAS A CAMEL! THE HOLINSHED'S CHRONICLE REPORTED A STRANGE CREATURE SEEN EMERGING FROM THE SEA NEAR PORTLAND.

THE ACCOUNT IS AS FOLLOWS: -

"IN THE MONETH OF NOVEMBER 1457, IN THE ILE OF PORTLAND NOT FARRE FROM THE TOWN OF WEYMOUTH, WAS SEEN A COCKE COMING OUT OF THE SEA, HAVING A GREAT CREAST UPON ITS HEAD AND A RED BEARD, AND LEGS HALF A YARD LONG: HE STOOD ON THE WATER & CROWED FOURE TIMES, AND EVERIE TIME TURNED HIM ABOUT, AND BECKENED WITH HIS HEAD, TOWARD THE NORTH, THE SOUTH AND THE WEST, AND WAS OF COLOUR LIKE A FESANT, & WHEN HE HAD CROWED THREE TIMES, HE VANISHED AWAIE."

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LEN GEE AND ROBERT SPENCER HINDE IN THE ROYAL EXCHANGE PUB.

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ROYAL EXCHANGE PUBLIC HOUSE.

ROBERT SPENCER HINDE ON LEFT.  SEATED CENTRE IS RAY STADDON, NEXT RIGHT IS JOHN HODDER AND WILL HODDER (FATHER AND  SON ).

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ROYAL EXCHANGE PUB. ROBERT JOHN HINDE IN CAP, MINE HOSTS ARE MR AND MRS HOLLINGS.

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ROYAL EXCHANGE PUB.  ROBERT JOHN HINDE ,CENTRE. UNKNOWN DATE.

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TRACTION ENGINE TAKING STONE DOWN NEW ROAD PAST THE TRAVELLERS REST PUBLIC HOUSE.

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THE EIGHT KINGS IN SOUTHWELL. BELOW IS A RECENT PICTURE.

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THE BEACH INN, AT CHISWELL. FOR A MODERN VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW.

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ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL - LATER THE FERRYBRIDGE PUBLIC HOUSE.

THE FIRST BRIDGE WAS A WOODEN STRUCTURE OPENED 39TH JANUARY 1839, AT A COST OF 5,685 AND BUILT BY J. H. BETTEY. THIS IRON BRIDGE DESIGNED BY SIR JOHN GOODE WAS COMPLETED IN MARCH 1896. FOR A MODERN VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW.

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THE PUNCHBOWL INN STILL STANDS IN EASTON SQUARE.

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VICTORIA STATION AND CHESIL SHOWING THE ROYAL VICTORIA LODGE HOTEL COMPLETED IN 1865  AT THE EXPENSE OF CAPTAIN CHARLES MANNING. FOR A MODERN VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE BELOW

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ABEL COMBEN IN VICTORIA SQUARE OUTSIDE THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL. FOR A MODERN VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW.

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SAWMILLS TAVERN.   STONE FOR KING ALFRED’S MEMORIAL AT WINCHESTER BEING TAKEN INTO SAWMILLS, EASTON LANE. FOR A MODERN VIEW OF THIS SCENE PLEASE SEE BELOW.

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JOHN GROVES PUBLIC HOUSE IN CHISWELL NOW A PRIVATE HOUSE.

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A VICTORIAN PUBLIC HOUSE AND HOTEL SURVIVES AT CASTLETOWN.