Mention the Portsmouth War Memorial, and most people will immediately think, incorrectly, of the imposing Royal Naval monument on Southsea Common. Portsmouth’s civic memorial to the dead of the 1914-18 war from all services, raised by and for the people, is the fine creation in Guildhall Square, Grade II* listed but imprisoned by all the surrounding commercial and municipal activity.
Deane and I have discovered some wonderful Hampshire houses which we would never otherwise have seen these last two summers, when the owners opened their gardens as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Last year one highlight was Cranbury Park, a splendid house on the crown of a hill. It was probably designed by George Dance in the 1790s for