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.
The pied wagtail is a small (18cm in length) bird. They have a long-tail and are a rather sprightly black and white bird. It is often seen standing and frantically wagging its tail up and down.
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.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy. Capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.
Part of the 1848 Royal Laboratory complex
Part of the former Shell Store of 1896.