HMS Mercury, Blue Plaque


Lantern Swinger
"HMS Mercury, the Royal Navy’s Communications and Navigation school occupied the 120 acre Peel Family Leydene estate, 2 miles north west of Clanfield, Hampshire from 1941 to 1993. Over half a million personnel served or trained at Mercury during the 52 years of its existence and amongst its distinguished visitors were the Queen, Prince Philip, Lord Mountbatten, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The aim of the scheme is to commemorate its existence and the impact it had on the local community by placing blue plaques on selected buildings which had a special association with Mercury and which are fondly remembered by those who served at Leydene. The scheme will be launched by the unveiling of the first blue plaques, by Commodore Peter Swan RN Rtd, on The Rising Sun public house, the ‘Mercury’ local in Clanfield at 1130 on 26 October 2014. This is a public event and anyone is welcome to attend."

Wonder if they'll put a plaque in the horse paddock next to Soberton Towers :)
Fine memories of the Rising Sun in Clanfield during my drafts to HMS Mercury & later SCU Leydene. It resembled a green portakabin if I recall correctly!

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