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Bradshaw’s Guide

Bishopstoke to Gosport & Portsmouth

Gosport and Portsmouth Branches

By Botley and Fareham, and Fareham and Cosham to Portsmouth, or from Gosport by ferry across to Portsmouth, or vice versa.

From Bishopstoke the line diverges to the south-east, in order to preserve a connecting link between two towns which must ever be the focus of our military and maritime interest.

Botley. – For those who are disposed to avail themselves of it, railway accommodation is here afforded to the town of

Bishop’s Waltham

This town, situated in Waltham Chase, was an ancient seat of the Winchester prelates, and there are traces left of their palace, in which William of Wykeham died.


The trade of this place consists of coal, corn, canvas, and ropes. Much resorted to in the sea-bathing season.


Gosport, in the reign of Henry VIII., was merely a miserable village, and its present importance may justly be ascribed to its convenient situation on the western side of Portsmouth harbour.

The railway extends 1½ mile further to

Stokes Bay

At which point there is a floating bridge which conveys passengers from the railway across the Solent, to the Isle of Wight.


This place has an ancient castle, which serves for prisoners of war and ordnance stores.

Cosham station.


Portsmouth, the first naval port in the British Islands, 75 miles, from London by the South Western Line or 95 by way of the Brighton and South Coast Line.

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