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Portsmouth by Diana Stiles Fetterman
Portsmouth is a large city in the county of Hampshire, on the south coast of England.

Historically, Portsmouth plays a major role in British history, especially naval. The rich historical heritage in the city offers a variety of activities to the visitor such as the Historical Dockyard which houses some of the most historical warships in the world, HMS Victory, which was Lord Nelson's flagship used at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and the Mary Rose, a Tudor-era warship.

The City also offers excellent shopping facilities located in the Gunwharf Quays complex, home to a variety of designer stores including Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Barbour as well as the striking 557 ft landmark Spinnaker Tower which offers excellent views of the Solent and City. Portsmouth also has two cathedrals, including the Romanesque-style Portsmouth Cathedral, twelve museums, most of which are free, and two theatres offering plenty of other attractions to visit.

Aside from its rich Naval Heritage, Portsmouth is also known for its literary history as the birthplace of Charles Dickens, the famous Victorian era novelist and the pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Other famous figures to have lived in Portsmouth are HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling. Musically, the city is well served by three musical venues The Wedgewood Rooms, Guildhall and Pyramids which regularly host major musical and comedy acts.

Portsmouth City Coat of Arms
HMS Victory
Strangely enough there is no mention of Portsmouth in the Doomsday Book!

It is thought that Portsmouth was an amalgamation of several villages including the town of Portchester. These offshoots became known as Portsmouth and it is generally thought that Portsmouth came to be around 1180.

The name Portsmouth comes from the 9th century and means Mouth of the Portus Harbour.

Portsmouth is credited to be Britain's only Island city in that it is built on Portsea Island

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Portsmouth England is twinned with Portsmouth in Virginia USA and Sydney Australia!

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth.

In the 2010 it was estimated that Portsmouth was home to 199,100 people making it is the second most populated place in England. Central London remains first

HMS Bounty set sail from Portsmouth in 1787 en route to Tahitii commanded by Captain Bligh

The first ever co-operative society was set up in 1796 by some Portsmouth Dock Workers
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