Portsmouth History

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History of Portsmouth

There have been settlements in the area since before Roman times, mostly being offshoots of Portchester, (Portus Adurni ) which later became known as Portchester Castle, this was one of the Saxon Shore Forts and was a major base of the Classis Britannica.

Portsmouth is commonly regarded as having been founded in 1180 by John of Gisors (Jean de Gisors). Most early records of  Portsmouth are thought to have been destroyed by Norman invaders following the Norman Conquest. The earliest detailed references to Portsmouth can be found in the Southwick Cartularies, the Southwick Cartularies was an early 13th century chronicle which listed the wealthiest people in England at the time.

In the Domesday Book there is no mention of Portsmouth. However, settlements that later went on to form part of Portsmouth are listed. At this time it is estimated the Portsmouth area had a population not greater than two or three hundred.

On May 2, 1194 King Richard I gave Portsmouth its first Royal Charter granting permission for the city to hold a fifteen day annual fair.

Portsmouth City and coastline have been an important part of Naval history, with the sinking and the raising of the Mary Rose warship and the famous HMS Victory of Admiral Nelson that sits in the historic dockyard. We hope you find our links to Portsmouth history helpful and interesting.





                    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard                        

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust website is a useful website with lots of information on the dockyard and some great photographs.

 




The History Of Portsmouth

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The History of Portsmouth

A great website with timelines and videos about the history of Portsmouth.

 


 

 

                                                                      The History of Portsmouth - Wikipedia                                                

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History In Portsmouth

The Wikipedia History of Portsmouth with pictures and links to all aspects of Portsmouth History.









History In Portsmouth

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History In Portsmouth

The History In Portsmouth site is a collection of essays, stories and lists; of people, places and events.




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