Our Historic Alleyways

Alleyways are key features of the High Street and legend has it were favoured haunts of the C.19th naval press gangs.

However, they have much changed over time. Whereas from the C.18th to the early C.20th many would have led to courtyards and workshops today they largely lead into car parks or open spaces.

This project will celebrate the history and stories of the alleyways and explore the meaning behind their local names such as ‘Carters Yard’ ‘Hobbs Passage’, ‘Wises Alley’ and ‘Black Bear Yard’.

We’ve joined up with The Makers Guild to start bringing to life the names of these alleys. In September, we’re holding two open workshops where you can get involved by creating your own alleyway signs and give us your interpretations on what they mean and the history behind them.

From there we’re looking at installing some temporary public art within the alleyways and over the coming years you might just find them brought to life with story telling and performances!

Where are we now?

We are just starting to piece together the history of the alleyways and gather more information about the variety of names they are given locally. Do you have a story to share? Email hshaz@gosport.gov.uk and tell us more.