This area gets its name from Fort Elson, which was one of the early Palmerston Forts, in Gosport, England, the northernmost polygonal land fort in the defence line to the west of Gosport. It was located on land immediately to the south of Elson Creek, to which it was connected by a sluice. Fort Elson was the most northerly fort in the line of five which formed part of the ‘Sea Front and Spithead Defences’, Inner Line, Land Front, Left Flank. It is now mainly a residential area, surrounded by businesses and with good walks around.
The pub has always been a focal point in this community, being the place to meet, play sports and relax in its facilities.