Eling Creek.

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Eling creek is on the edge of Southampton and the New Forest down on the creek time stands still. The Tidal Mill at Eling is the only original tide mill in the country that is still open and working. The mill dates back to the 11th century but the current mill is a much newer being built in the late 18th century. The Domesday Book (1086) mentions a mill at Eling although it has been said the Romans had a mill here in the 3rd century AD. Running a pair of water wheels the mill was capable of grinding up to 4 tonnes of flour per day.

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Find a spot.

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A Cormorant silhouetted against a bright new years morning. He has decided to perch on the marker for an outflow and suns himself stretching out his wings like a prehistoric Teridactal. With the high tide, perching post seemed in high demand today.

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Black-headed Gulls use the groins as their perch.

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At the harbour entrance, the Turnstones were getting very competitive for a spot.

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Priddy’s Hard.

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Priddy’s Hard is an area of Gosport opposite Portsmouth Naval Dockyard. Some 200 years ago it was developed as a fort. It later became a armaments depot for the Royal Navy and a weapons and explosives store for the British Army. The site today is being slowly redeveloped. Much of the site is now housing but many of the most historic building have been and are part of the museum “Explosion” which tells the history of the site and British Naval Firepower.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy. Capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.

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Part of the 1848 Royal Laboratory complex

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Part of the former Shell Store of 1896.