Next comes the Stonehouse Establishments

then click on this thumbnail to see the geographical position of Devonport and to reveal other Naval Establishments.

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You will at this stage have deduced that Devonport Dockyard was split into two Yards, North and South, as indeed the town of  Devonport was split. The vast majority of those on the books of the Guzz Depot would have been fully familiar with Northern Devonport [they would have been familiar with both Yards of course], for here were the three main dockyard gates used by the navy [viz Drake Gate, Albert and St Levan's];  HMS Drake which accommodated most of the personnel serving in the West Country;  the civilian railway station [Keyham more or less outside the main gate to HMS Drake] although there was the main Devonport Station in Albert Road just above where Aggie Weston's used to be, and without doubt, the finest oggie shops imaginable, not to mention a few good pubs. The dockyard had its own railway system and one moved between Yards on these trains. A lesser number of personnel would have been familiar with South Devonport even though they passed it whilst walking/riding from Devonport over the Stonehouse Bridge to Union Street where most of the sailors did their serious drinking and socialising. The North Devonport area and the North Yard is now [in the 21st century] what most people associate to be Devonport Dockyard and in a moment my story will turn wholly to the Southern areas, town and dockyard. But first, a map of South Devonport namely that area outlined in a heavy black line.

For the purpose of orientation only, North Devonport can be thought of as starting from this point which is ALBERT GATE.

Site of old Aggie Westons








The following photograph album shows just a few photographs of the area above and how it has developed.


More about the South Yard. The historic South Yard has seen the development of a heritage area that is regularly opened up to the public on set open weekends throughout the year. The South Yard Ropery, Covered Slip, Hangman's Cell, Royal Naval Field Gun Museum, Naval Base Museum and Firefighting exhibition have all proved to be a big draw for visitors who can also tour the base by coach and learn about its fascinating history and status today as a leading MOD establishment.

Tours of Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport are currently operated as a joint venture between the Royal Navy and Babcock. There will be two tours a day commencing at 1000 and 1300 operating from Monday to Thursday. It is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the tour start time.  Once your tour is confirmed, details of the location of the Reception Centre will be forwarded to you.  This is the embarkation point for the tour of your choice.

And how did it all start? Well these two pictures will help tell that story.

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A choice of tours is offered however, due to operational constraints, your choice cannot be guaranteed. Tours available include a Ship visit & Naval Base windscreen tour, Submarine visit and Naval Base windscreen tour or for organized groups only an Historic Naval Base Heritage tour complete with Plymouth Naval Base Museum visit. For more details and tour availability call 01752 552326.

See also these pages on this and other naval ports:-

where has it all gone?
1958 naval cuts
A stunning picture of Portsmouth Dockyard - pity about the ships !