This is a bit of a shorter and less thought out post than usual but I was in Havant near Portsmouth recently for work and, on my way back to the train station, noticed one of those blue plaques you see about the place – the ones that mark places of historical significance. That’s interesting, I thought, I didn’t think Havant would have an exciting past. It seemed like a fairly run of the mill satellite town to a provincial city. The plaque was outside an old church, and not a bad looking one at that (although not quite as atmospherically lit as the photo here, it was a slightly overcast afternoon) but there’s nothing too remarkable in it (England really is spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful old buildings).
Maybe there was something of significance – I had just passed Trafalgar Way, so perhaps Nelson had hung out here at some point? Or one of Portsmouth’s other famous residents, maybe Dickens or Brunel? Maybe there’d be some old, forgotten character like John Young of Headington?
I took a closer look and found a more informal second plaque next to it, which seemed to somewhat confirm my initial thoughts. Fair play.