1729 - Visit of Stephen Martin-Leake

In January Stephen Martin-Leake, Clerk to the Navy Pay Office visited Portsmouth and wrote “the dockyard is a fine place…more compact than any other (Dockyard) and the docks are of stone, which in other [yards] are wood. The officer’s houses, I think are better than any other, though not so pleasantly situated as those at Chatham, this being all flat; but the officers are greater men here than anywhere, for they are all commissioners. The yard is walled with a high wall (See 1711). They have a chapel for the use of the yards, (See 1704) and I do assure you a good dock regiment.”