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  Mottisfont Abbey
  Monday 31st March 2008
~~~~~~~~~~ Keyhaven and Hurst Shingle Spit ~~~~~~~~~~

Possibly the smallest village and harbour on the Hampshire coast, Keyhaven with its creeks and inlets forms a natural harbour and is home to KeyhavenYacht Club.


The village hostelry the Gun Inn.


The small harbour with the silhouette of Hurst Castle in the background.


The castle was one of the most advanced artillery fortresses built by Henry VIII. It was later used during the17th century as a prison, Charles I was imprisoned here before being taken to London for his trial and execution. The castle was modernised during the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1870's when the enormous armoured wings were constructed which command the narrow entrance to the Western Solent. The castle is in the care of English Heritage and open to the public between March and October, with a ferry running to the castle and its museum.




Taken from my archives and shot long before the days of digital, one of two huge 38-ton guns installed in the 1870ís. During World War II, Hurst was manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights.




All tucked up for winter!


The short walk from the harbour to Hurst Shingle Spit along the sea wall path.




Brent Geese fly in for a meal.

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