Illustration of a diver in an old-fashioned diving suit

Saturday 23 June 2018.

Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.

£6 (includes refreshments).

William Walker was a quite remarkable man.

At the age of 18 he started training to be a diver in Portsmouth Dockyard. By 1906 he was one of the most experienced Dockyard Divers and was selected to do a very unusual diving job – under the walls of Winchester Cathedral. Part of the Cathedral was collapsing and conventional engineering efforts failed to shore up the foundations because of the water ingress. William Walker was sent ‘to the rescue’.

For 6 years he worked alone under the walls of the cathedral working in total darkness to support the foundations of the cathedral, a feat so remarkable that King George V appointed him MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order).

Gary Wallace-Potter is a diver historian and an expert on the life of William Walker.

His illustrated talk is a celebration of Walker’s notable life. He brings William Walker and his extraordinary achievements ‘to life’. It is both fascinating and entertaining – a thoroughly enjoyable evening.


Tickets can be purchased online from the Historical Diving Society website.

(Tickets are also available from the Gosport Tourist Information Centre. Telephone: 023 9252 2944)

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