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Plymouth in Devon County, England, United Kingdom
 

The Laboratory on the Hoe

 
 
The Laboratory on the Hoe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 4, 2018
1. The Laboratory on the Hoe Marker
Inscription.
The Aquarium of the Marine Biological Association
Until 1998, the ground floor of the Citadel Hill Laboratory was the Plymouth Aquarium. Seawater was pumped to the Aquarium from the Laboratory's underground reservoirs by gas engines. In more recent years an electric pump system was used with a gravity return and filter to remove sediment from the water. Initially, the Aquarium was open to the public without charge. However, as the facilities improved and expanded, a small fee became payable for admission. Interestingly, this did not apply to fishermen who could enjoy access for free. The MBA Aquarium closed in 1998 when the National Marine Aquarium opened in the nearby Coxside area of Plymouth.

The Plymouth Blitz
Plymouth was hit badly during the Second World War. At first, the Laboratory escaped bombardment, but on 20 and 21 March 1941 the building was struck by a series of bombs which caused extensive damage. For the remainder of the war little research could be carried out at Citadel Hill. After the war ended in 1945, a twenty-year programme of rebuilding and expansion began.

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Above: Front cover of the 1972 Aquarium Guide Book Left: Inside the Aquarium, 30 june 1959. Pictured are Miss G. Grondier and Mss S. Roberts. The damage caused to the east end
The Laboratory on the Hoe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 4, 2018
2. The Laboratory on the Hoe Marker
of the Laboratory during the Plymouth Blitz, March 1941.

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Location. 50° 21.855′ N, 4° 8.41′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, England, in Devon County. Marker is at the intersection of Madeira Road and Hoe Road, on the right when traveling west on Madeira Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth, England PL1 2JU, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Royal Marines Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Plymouth Royal Citadel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Laboratory on the Hoe (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Laboratory on the Hoe (within shouting distance of this marker); Smeaton Lighthouse (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Plymouth RAF Monument (about 150 meters away); National Armada Memorial (about 150 meters away); Plymouth Naval Memorial (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Marine Biological Association. (Submitted on September 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. (Submitted on September 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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