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Hilsea Lines and Portsbridge                                                                       Solent Papers No.4

          The Railway bridge of 1909, showing one span in                       Signal Box
          the open position


          Portsmouth direction



         museum. Rugby camp, built for the Militia in 1938, has  surprisingly caused him a good deal of annoyance to the
         also been demolished for yet another housing scheme.  extent that he commissioned a painting to be exhibited
                                                              outside, showing a stage coach being held up by a
         The ‘Coach and Horses’ and War Office land.          highwayman and the caption :-
        In 1858, as part of the reconstruction of the Hilsea Lines,
        the War Office acquired almost all the northern end of  “The Coach and Horses, a tale of Highway Robbery”
        Portsea Island and most of the land to the south of the  Asquith, Highway man “Stand and deliver”
        Cosham - Farlington railway line. Part of this land    Coachowner “But I've just paid your pal Haldane for
        included the freehold of the  ‘Coach and Horses’ public  this lot”
        house at what is now the junction of Copnor Road and   Highwayman “Clever Haldane, he knew I was coming
        London Road. In 1907, it was decided to sell off parcels  along, you may keep the coach but hand
        of land not required for defence purposes and the lessee  over the horses” AD 1907
        of the public house. Sir William Dupree was asked to   Asquith - Chancellor of the Exchequer,
        pay £10,000 for the freehold, an enormous sum and not  Haldane - Secretary for War

                                                                Centre Bastion Left  Flank casemates

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