In Edwardian times Gosport House had a tennis court, as did Fern Hill, and 'Traveller's Rest' on the Cliff Path.
It is said that Oliver Cromwell stayed here in 1644 when the castle was besieged, as he had a great view of the conflict across the water.
The current house dates from the early 19th century.
There is a lane (below) leading down from the top of Gosport St, behind Gosport House down to the estuary called Back Lane. It runs round the back of the Gosport St houses, but it also led to the Bach or Barque point. So 'Back' could be a modernisation of a more ancient meaning.
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