Hampshire Treasures

Volume 12 ( Gosport)

Page 1 - Alverstoke and Rowner

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The present day ward of Alverstoke now lies to the west of the ancient village of that name. (See Alverstoke Ward for more information on the village). It includes the site of the medieval settlement of Rowner, home of the Brune family.

Like Alverstoke Ward, Rowner Ward lies west of the line of Palmerstone forts protecting Gosport.

Along the western edge of the ward lies the valley of the river Alver and the "Wildgrounds" woodlands.

Near the shore are two Victorian batterys and associated earthwork and moat defences built in the 1860s. Just to their north is Bay House, now a school, built for Lord Ashburton in 1838.

Rowner is mentioned in the Domesday Book under the name of 'Ruenore' and is thought to be derived from the old English words meaning a rough landing place. In 1277, the manor of Rowner was granted by King Edward I to Sir William le Brun, and his descendants have been connected with Rowner ever since.

The church , St. Mary, The Virgin, Rowner dates from the late 12th or early 13th century, but was restored in 1874, and in 1992 after a serious fire it was extensively restored again. The ward also contains one of the many forts in the area: Fort Rowner, and it is still used by the Services.

The main feature of Rowner today, is the huge naval estate catering for Gosport's many service families.

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