[373], From 1885 to 1914, the Southsea Railway operated between Southsea and Fratton. I was walking along the shore the other day and noticed lots of very old, sea worn bits of bricks amongst the pebbles. [47] Some historians believe that the Mary Rose turned too quickly and submerged her open gun ports; according to others, it sank due to poor design. Portsmouth's history can be traced back to Roman Britain. [100] Although the estate has been under the jurisdiction of Havant Borough Council since the early 2000s, Portsmouth City Council remains its landlord (the borough's largest landowner). It is the UK's second-busiest port (after Dover), handling about three million passengers a year. [238], Victorian novelist and historian Sir Walter Besant documented his 1840s childhood in By Celia's Arbour: A Tale of Portsmouth Town, precisely describing the town before its defensive walls were removed. [54] After the end of the Civil War, Portsmouth was among the first towns to declare Charles II king and began to prosper. [385][386], Portsmouth, Southampton and their adjacent towns are served primarily by programming from the Rowridge and Chillerton Down transmitters on the Isle of Wight,[387][page needed] although the transmitter at Midhurst can substitute for Rowridge. After it closed, housing (Anchorage Park), industry, stores (Ocean Retail Park) and a school (Admiral Lord Nelson School) were built on the site. The Unofficial Portsmouth Footymad Further northwest, around Portchester, are Wicor, Cams, and Great Cams Lakes. [113] Portsmouth celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005, with Queen Elizabeth II present at a fleet review and a mock battle. [374], Portsmouth Airport, with a grass runway, was in operation from 1932 to 1973. Helen Duncan, the last person to be imprisoned under the 1735 Witchcraft Act, was arrested in Portsmouth. Portsmouth (/ ˈ p ɔːr t s m ə θ / ()) is a port city in Hampshire, England, with a total population of 205,400 residents. [42], Henry VIII built Southsea Castle, financed by the Dissolution of the Monasteries, in 1539 in anticipation of a French invasion. After centuries of decay, it became an ammunition store in 1540. The season will either be played to a conclusion as per the current rules and before the time that players contracts end (so 30th June I believe), or if that is not possible, it will be voided/cancelled. Every chance he could end up with 20 goals this season and people still moan about him every game. [342], Portsmouth began hosting first-class cricket at the United Services Recreation Ground in 1882,[343] and Hampshire County Cricket Club matches were played there from 1895 to 2000. [228][229] The 75th Anniversary of D-Day was similarly commemorated in the city. They won’t go up this season. [68] Another theory is that it is named after the harbour's guardship, Pompee, a 74-gun French ship of the line captured in 1793. [270] The museum received a £14 million grant from the National Lottery Fund, and was scheduled to relocate to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2019. The city is one of 34 British settlements with a Roman Catholic cathedral. [97][173] It was opened to the public in 1890. [123] The main channel entering Portsmouth Harbour, west of the island,[117][page needed] passes between Old Portsmouth and Gosport. The city forms part of the South Hampshire metropolitan area, which includes the nearby city of Southampton and the towns of Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant and Eastleigh. In 1684, a list of ships docked in Portsmouth was evidence of its increasing national importance. Portsmouth Football Club discussion forum. During the blitz, the cathedral was badly damaged when Luftwaffe bombing destroyed Bishop's House next door; it was restored in 1970, 1982, and 2001. [416] Other actors who were born or lived in the city include EastEnders actresses Emma Barton and Lorraine Stanley,[417] and Bollywood actress Geeta Basra. [198][199] The project was rejected by the city council due to the 2008 financial crisis. [102] Despite efforts by the city council to build new housing, a 1955 survey indicated that 7,000 houses in Portsmouth were unfit for human habitation. [172] They are in Guildhall Square, with the Portsmouth Guildhall and Portsmouth Central Library. [241][242], Crime novels set in Portsmouth and the surrounding area include Graham Hurley's D.I. Reactions: gipetto and 123SunTan. [39] Henry VII rebuilt the fortifications with stone, assisted Robert Brygandine and Sir Reginald Bray in the construction of the world's first dry dock,[40] and raised the Square Tower in 1494. was purchased in April 2013 by the Pompey Supporters Trust, becoming the largest fan-owned club in English Football history. Although the Danes were driven off, Wulfherd was killed. Message Classification. [324] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth was founded in 1882 by Pope Leo XIII. "[70][page needed] Its design is apparently based on 18th-century mayoral seals. [152][page needed][153] In a reversal of that decrease, its population has been gradually increasing since the 1990s. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Posted: Classification: … [69], Portsmouth's coat of arms is attested in the early 19th century as "azure a crescent or, surmounted by an estoile of eight points of the last. [126] Southsea developed as a seaside and bathing resort. [337][338] In May 2017, as League Two champions, they were promoted to League One for the 2017–18 season. Thread starter Taffmackem; Start date Sep 18, 2020; T. Taffmackem Reserve Squad ... Start date Sep 18, 2020; T. Taffmackem Reserve Squad. For the city's 800th birthday in 1994, Victory FM broadcast for three 28-day periods over 18 months. Portsmouth Football Club discussion forum. Its ferry, Fortuny, was detained in Portsmouth by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a number of safety violations. [413] John Pounds, the founder of ragged schools (which provided free education to working-class children), lived in Portsmouth and founded England's first ragged school there. Subject. [418] Cryptozoologist Jonathan Downes was born in Portsmouth, and lived there for a time. [244] Portsmouth Fairy Tales for Grown Ups, a collection of short stories, was published in 2014. Best performance of the night,controlled the area,dictated play and never looked like loosing control. IP: Logged. [168], The city council has 42 councillors. Buckland was merged into the town by the 1860s, and Fratton and Stamshaw were incorporated by the next decade. Portsmouth was one of the first cities in the UK to have a local TV station (MyTV), although the Isle of Wight began local television broadcasting in 1998. talk@frattonfaithful. [23][50] Felton never attempted to escape, and was caught walking the streets when soldiers confronted him; he said, "I know that he is dead, for I had the force of forty men when I struck the blow". Southwick House, just north of the city, was the headquarters of Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Featuring many members from all walks of life and a wide variety of games from the lightest party gimmick to the heavier brain burners. [23] By 1871 the population had risen to 100,000,[24] and the national census listed Portsmouth's population as 113,569. Gilbert. [289] Designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, it was unveiled by George VI on 15 October 1924. [41] Although King Alfred may have used Portsmouth to build ships as early as the ninth century, the first warship recorded as constructed in the town was the Sweepstake (built in 1497). The city council won a concession, however, and the dockyard was downgraded instead to a naval base. [1][162], The city is administered by Portsmouth City Council, a unitary authority which is responsible for local affairs. Whether your team is battling it out for the Premier League title or struggling for League survival, there's a forum for you! [368], Portsmouth has four mainline railway stations: Hilsea, Fratton, Portsmouth & Southsea[369] and Portsmouth Harbour. 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[79], In April 1811, the Portsea Island Company constructed the first piped-water supply[80] to upper- and middle-class houses. [204] The announcement was criticised as a political decision to aid the referendum's "No" campaign. [363][364] The second-busiest ferry port in the UK (after Dover), Portsmouth handles about three million passengers per year. To me a keeper should not get beaten in the middle of goal by a shot he sees from the boot that far out. Portsmouth has good road and rail links to London and the south of England. The lowest recorded temperature is −8 °C (18 °F). The city was extensively bombed in World War II's Portsmouth Blitz (which resulted in the deaths of 930 people), and was the pivotal embarkation point for the 6 June 1944 D-Day landings. Sep 18, 2020 #1 Saw Portsmouth play the other night, got turned over by Brighton reserves, if Pompey one of the favourites to get promotion we should walk this league, they were woeful. [88] According to another source, the bombs were mistakenly dropped into the harbour rather than the dockyard. The pier was rebuilt after fires in 1904, 1967 and 1974 (during the filming of Tommy). The 1919 Southsea and Portsmouth Official Guide described the establishment as "the finest collections of weapons outside the Tower of London, containing more than 25,000 rifles". [73] The first machines were installed in January 1803, and the final set (for large blocks) in March 1805. play their home games at Fratton Park. [261], Portsmouth Grammar School, the city's oldest independent school was founded in 1732. All Boards. [170] The leader of the council is the Liberal Democrat, Gerald Vernon-Jackson. The Romans built Portus Adurni, a fort, at nearby Portchester in the late third century. The £600 million mixed-use development, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, would include shops, offices and 1,500 harbourside apartments. [247][248], The University of Portsmouth was founded in 1992 as a new university from Portsmouth Polytechnic; in 2016, it had 20,000 students. [388] In November 2014, That's Solent was introduced as part of a nationwide roll-out of local Freeview channels in south-central England. Never financially successful, and found to be contaminating Portsea Island fresh water wells,[380] it was abandoned in 1855 and the company was wound up in 1888. [19] The Danes returned in 1001 and pillaged Portsmouth and the surrounding area, threatening the English with extinction. My … [24], In 1759, General James Wolfe sailed to capture Quebec; the expedition, although successful, cost him his life. A Southsea street was renamed The Ocean at the End of the Lane by the city council in honour of Gaiman's novel of the same name. [252] Several local colleges also award Higher National Diplomas, including Highbury College (specialising in vocational education),[253] and Portsmouth College (which offers academic courses). [209] New Prince's Theatre and Southsea's Kings Theatre were designed by Victorian architect Frank Matcham. The H.D. [127] Eastney Lake covered nearly 170 acres (69 hectares) in 1626. [182][183] The shopping centre has 185,000 to 230,000 visitors weekly. [126] A pump room and baths were built near the present-day Clarence Pier, and a complex was developed which included vapour baths, showers, and card-playing and assembly rooms for holiday-goers. One of the oldest local reserves in the county, built from reclaimed land in 1771, it provides habitat for migratory wildfowl and waders.[124]. Southsea is a seaside resort with an amusement arcade on Clarence Pier. The forts were nicknamed "Palmerston's Follies" because their armaments were pointed inland and not out to sea. [217][218] The Portsmouth Summer Show is held at King George's Fields. Portsmouth forums . The New Theatre Royal in Guildhall Walk, near the city centre, specialises in professional drama. The Guildhall, a symbol of Portsmouth, is a cultural venue. Portsmouth was granted its first market town charter in 1194. Faraday/D.C. [293] In February 2014, a ceremony celebrating the 180th anniversary of Portsmouth's Polish community was held at the cemetery. [14] In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a warrior named Port and his two sons killed a noble Briton in Portsmouth in 501. Yesterday, 09:47 PM by rfaulk34: AFC North Chatter. Although the town was plundered and burnt, its inhabitants drove the French off to raid towns in the West Country. The 2016 show held during the last weekend of April, featured cover bands such as the Silver Beatles, the Bog Rolling Stones, and Fleetingwood Mac. [309][310] Originally a terminal for ferries travelling to the Isle of Wight, it was soon redeveloped as an entertainment centre. [400] Rudyard Kipling (poet and author of The Jungle Book)[401] and H. G. Wells, author of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, lived in Portsmouth during the 1880s. Replies: 0 The H.D. [73] James Callaghan, British prime minister from 1976 to 1979, was born and raised in Portsmouth. [381] The canal was part of a larger scheme for a secure inland canal route from London to Portsmouth, allowing boats to avoid the English Channel. [78] The Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron, tasked with halting the slave trade, began operating out of Portsmouth in 1808. Register before you can post or reply to threads - click here to register the of. 'S royalist Garrison, this article is about the city, was blockaded from the port ) bombed! Two acts set in Portsmouth in November, and the stone frigate also had blacksmith carpenter... 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