Royal Clarence Victualling Yard


    Looking over to Gosport you can see the Oiling Jetty for refueling, and a facility made for another kind of refueling, the Royal Clarence Victualling Yard, where food was collected, processed, and distributed to ships.  In the early 1700s, beer was brewed here for use by the fleet.  In the 1830s, the facility was greatly expanded, becoming a victualling yard, and its name changed from the Weevil Yard to the Royal Clarence Victualling Yard.  A granary, mills, and a slaughterhouse were all part of the facility.

    To the right of the Royal Clarence Victualling Yard and the bridge is Priddy's Hard.  It was designed in 1773 to have gunpowder magazines and a powder distribution area.  Ships' boats would enter a basin and be loaded with gunpowder to take back to the ships. 

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