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Portsmouth is a great port city in the south of England. It is also a waterfront city. It is the home to the Royal Navy and the oldest dry dock in the world. Our local business covers a wide area of Portsmouth such as Fratton, Buckland, Southsea, Cosham, Hilsea, Port Solent and Portsmouth Point.
The city is primarily located on Portsea Island in the county of Hampshire, South East England. Portsmouth lies on the south coast of England, southwest of London. It has a population of 238,400 and is one of only two cities in England to have trams—the other being Bristol. its total urban population at 856,000 and a metropolitan population of 1.5m. In terms of demographics, the area is over 85% white with Black, Asian and other races making up the rest.
The city is located 50 miles west of Brighton, 22 miles east of Southampton and 74 miles south of London.
Portsmouth is the administrative centre of the South Hampshire local authority and is regarded as a separate entity to Portsmouth City.
Portsmouth began with fishing and farming by the early English settlers but became a major dockyard in England when acquired from Spain in 1545. The city has since been an integral part of England's navy, serving for over 400 years as homeport to three Royal Navy ships (HMS "Victory", HMS "Mary Rose" and HMS "Bulwark"). A gateway to travel between Britain and other nations, it has one of the UK's most important ports with international trade links to places such as Europe, North America and Asia.
Portsmouth Naval Base is one of eleven main operating bases in the Royal Navy fleet and comprises a huge area of land alongside the southwest coast. The base's primary function is to contribute towards the maintenance and operation needs of the fleet, navy as well as providing support for other government departments. Portsmouth Naval Base provides facilities for ships, submarines and naval personnel including repair and maintenance services, refit capabilities, training schools, accommodation as well as operational command headquarters for several units.
Portsmouth has strong maritime roots with a long history within sailing vessels dating back to pre-Saxon times when it was also an important trading centre in England, creating a necessity for shipbuilding activities. This tradition continues today through shipping companies such as P & O Ferries (formally Red Funnel) which provide ferry links between Britain and mainland Europe. Exploration of the world was once governed from Portsmouth Harbour, with HMS "Victory" still anchored outside the Royal Naval Museum today.
Two navigation schools are present in Portsmouth; Faslane training school and a more advanced one at HMS Collingwood (Royal Naval College) which is focused on communications and electronics training for young officers hoping to get into submarines or specialist warfare. The majority of all newly trained Royal Navy Officers join their first ship at Britannia Royal Naval College which is located on a separate part of Great Britain called Whale Island which lies close to Portsmouth Home Port.
Portsmouth also contains the major base support facility within HMNB Portsmouth, including several large PEMUs (Principle Electrical Mechanical Units), JMCs (Junior Manning Centres), HMS "Sultan", and HM Naval Base Portsmouth.
A large portion of Portsmouth's workforce work in Portsmouth's Naval Dockyard linked to the defence industry. BAE Systems Surface Ships is located in the city. IBM and Zurich Financial Services had their UK headquarters in the city. There are major shopping facilities including Cascades Shopping Centre and Ocean Retail Park that houses some of the largest retail brands like Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Boots etc.
The history of Portsmouth dates back to the first settlement on Portus Mone which means `Deep Water Harbour' in Latin. The Romans built the port as Portus Adurni which has given its name to the modern Portsmouth Harbour. It became a naval base in Norman times and played an important part in both World Wars, serving as Britain's biggest shipbuilding centre during WWII and was also a major submarine construction site.
The Portsmouth area postcode is PO. The phone area code is 023.
In 62 A.D., Emperor Nero masterminded the invasion of the southern part of England by sending a fleet to Britain, led by Aulus Plautius. The county is divided into six hundred; Sudbury, Emsworth, Wymering, Landport, Buckland and Portsea. This is where the Romans built a town called Portus Adurni, or deep waters harbour, on Portchester Castle, it was used as a supply base for their fleet. The Romans also made Portsdown Hill one of their defences against attacks from the north.
The Normans occupied this site in the 1060s and rebuilt it in stone; they called it Southwick but later changed its name to Portsmouth - probably by adding a Norman French word `port' (harbour). In 1689 during the reign of King William III, work began on what was then called `Nelson's Dockyard'.
Portsmouth was a market town before it became a naval port; and was once famous for manufacturing sailcloth (clothing used on ships). The city played an important part in the lives of Nelson, Lord Horatio, Cradock and Sturdee.
Portsmouth is situated at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour close to the Solent. Its history goes back many years before Roman times.
In AD 979 King Edward the Martyr - son of Alfred the Great - died from wounds after being attacked by his stepmother's lover, who stabbed him while he attended mass in a church near Portchester Castle (which still stands today as one of Portsmouth's most impressive landmarks). A cross still marks where he fell.
Just off King Henry III rebuilt Southsea Castle in 1224, giving it the name Portchester Castle. It remains one of Portsmouth's most well-known landmarks and regularly plays host to local drama productions, as well as many films - including The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) starring Guy Pearce and Jeremy Irons.
Two minutes further down the coast is another fort built-in 1539 called Noads Hole Fort. This was used to protect against a possible Spanish invasion. And still very much standing is Calshot Castle, which was rebuilt by Henry VIII after he invaded France in 1492.
The first dockyard on the site was started by Henry VII around 1509 and this led to an ambitious plan for walls and docks being architect-designed by Christopher Wren in 1673. These were never completed, but the remains of the walls can be seen today.
The first naval dockyard was established by Henry VII around 1509 at Portsmouth to build and repair ships in response to a threat of war with Spain following the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. The founder of Portsmouth Dockyard (as it was first called) was Sir John Hawkins, who acquired three former merchantmen as a basis for the new Navy.
Portsmouth is famous for its sporting attributes. The city is known for the Hampshire County Cricket Club as well as Portsmouth Football Club. Portsmouth FC is an English professional football club that competes in EFL League One.
Portsmouth F.C started playing in April 1898 at Fratton Park against Queen's Park Rangers under the name "Portsmouth Association FC". In 1900 they joined the Southern League and changed their name to Portsmouth FC and moved into part of the ground now known as Fratton End while building its Stadium until moving to its ground at Pompey in 1939 which was quickly given the name Fratton Park after their first ground.
The club is nicknamed "The Blues" due to its colours, and "Pompey" due to local tradition—in which Portsmouth was referred to as "Pompey" by locals because of its proximity to the important British naval city on Portsea Island, Plymouth; hence, "We're going down 'ome, bye-bye Portsmouth!" During the 2019/20 Season, Portsmouth's home kit is expected to be all blue with white socks and navy shorts while its away kit will be all red with navy socks and shorts.
Portsmouth has many good schools and further education facilities. The University of Portsmouth was founded in 1949 and remains common throughout the city. Portsmouth is also home to two independent schools, including Woodroffe School, a co-educational school that was founded in 1844 and became an academy in 2011; and St John's College, a single-sex Catholic school for boys founded in 1852 by Bishop Thomas Grant.
Portsmouth has been used as a location for filming several films and television shows. In 1985 Pompey featured on The Comic Strip Presents… episode "The Yob", the first time it was used as an external location in one of the show's episodes. The 1988 British drama film Shirley Valentine starring Pauline Collins was shot around the city, mainly at locations along Southsea seafront.
The major landmarks in Portsmouth are Portsmouth Cathedral, which dates back to the early 14th century and is one of the oldest buildings in the city; Southsea Castle, which was built by Henry VIII in 1544; Portchester Castle, a Roman lighthouse and HMNB Portsmouth (Portsmouth Naval Base).
The Spinnaker Tower opened on 19 July 2005 and at 170 metres (560 ft) high it is the tallest building in Portsmouth. The tower offers views across Hampshire and out to sea. It features a free observation deck above floor 70, meeting rooms, theatre & wedding reception facilities, ground-floor retail units with street access. The tower also has its nightclub, called "Guvnors".
The Guildhall was built in 1788 and is located at the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The building is a Palladian-style brick structure and has been known as the Royal Garrison Church since 1892 when Queen Victoria presented it to the city; it also contains a museum that charts Portsmouth's history. Nearby can be found Clarence Barracks, as well as HM Naval Base Main Building (HMNB Main), Stone House: both, are listed buildings on account of their architectural interest.
Churches line London Road in Old Portsmouth; St Thomas à Becket at North Walls being one of them. Built by Charles II for fishermen to worship in, this simple sandstone building still stands. Another church is the Roman Catholic St Mary's Church. This church was designed by Augustus Pugin, completed in 1848 and has been a Grade II* listed building since 1950.
The Spice Island Quarter of Portsmouth (named after a former uninhabited island at its centre) is to be regenerated as part of an ambitious project to transform Portsmouth into the "creative capital" of maritime heritage. The plan aims to add museums, shops and numerous tourist attractions to the area, including some already established such as SeaCity Museum, The D Day Story – a museum devoted to telling the story behind D-Day landings from a local perspective and HMS Alliance – one of Britain's last surviving submarines from the 2nd world war.