Portsmouth Articles : News Stories; FansOnline Pompey; Portsmouth Features : Player Ratings; Prediction League ; Squad Profiles; Home | Message Board | Top of Thread | Login | Register. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the list below. [26] Richard gave Portsmouth market-town status with a royal charter on 2 May, authorising an annual fifteen-day free-market fair, weekly markets and a local court to deal with minor matters, and exempted its inhabitants from an £18 annual tax. [356][358][359], On 18 May 2006, Trasmediterranea began service to Bilbao in competition with P&O's service. On 21 April 1926, Portsmouth was elevated from town to city status. [15] Winston Churchill, in A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, wrote that Port was a pirate who founded Portsmouth in 501. Subject. We did all we could to give them the win and we looked shattered. [76] The Royal Navy's reliance on Portsmouth led to its becoming the most fortified city in the world. The city council won a concession, however, and the dockyard was downgraded instead to a naval base. [419] Ant Middleton, former SBS, current television presenter and author was born in Portsmouth. Reactions: Useful_Idiot. [258] Before it was taken over by Ark Schools and became Ark Charter Academy, St Luke's Church of England secondary school was one of England's worst schools in GCSE achievement. [157] Some large, well-established non-white communities have their roots in the Royal Navy, particularly the Chinese community from British Hong Kong. before you can post or reply to threads - click here to register. [142] The city gets about 645 millimetres (25.4 in) of rain annually, with a minimum of 1 mm (0.04 in) of rain reported 103 days per year. [23] On 21 December of that year, the Challenger expedition embarked on a 68,890-nautical-mile (127,580 km) circumnavigation of the globe for scientific research. [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. [384] In April 2011, The News reported a scheme to replace conventional rail lines to Southampton via Fareham, Bursledon and Sholing with light rail. [293], The naval shore establishment HMS Vernon contained the Royal Navy's arsenal; weapons and ammunition which would be taken from ships at its 'Gun Wharf' as they entered the harbour, and resupplied when they headed back to sea. Portsmouth (/ ˈ p ɔːr t s m ə θ / ()) is a port city in Hampshire, England, with a total population of 205,400 residents. [200], Portsmouth's two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, were ordered by defence secretary Des Browne on 25 July 2007. Its name originates from Southsea Castle, a seafront castle built in 1544 by Henry VIII to help defend the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour. The city used to be even more densely populated, with the 1951 census showing a population of 233,545. [24] The town, a base of the parliamentarian navy, was blockaded from the sea. [323], The Cathedral of St John the Evangelist was built in 1882 to accommodate Portsmouth's increasing Roman Catholic population, and replaced a chapel built in 1796 to the west. The Unofficial Portsmouth Footymad Briefcase_wanchor Posted on 21/04/2015 22:53 FAO Cliffdale. There’s no doubt that our recent success is better but obviously on a support level we’re a long way behind Sunderland. [46], From Southsea Castle, Henry witnessed his flagship Mary Rose sink in action against the French fleet in the 1545 Battle of the Solent with the loss of about 500 lives. You need to register before you can post or reply to threads - click here to register. [129] Further north on the east coast is Baffins, with the Great Salterns recreation ground and golf course around Portsmouth College. [130][131][page needed] Portsdown Hill dominates the skyline in the north, and contains several large Palmerston Forts[a] such as Fort Fareham, Fort Wallington, Fort Nelson, Fort Southwick, Fort Widley, and Fort Purbrook. [187][188] Ocean Retail Park, on the north-eastern side of Portsea Island, was built in September 1985 on the site of a former metal-box factory. Portsmouth Football Club discussion forum. [318][319] Damaged during the 1642 Siege of Portsmouth, its tower and nave were rebuilt after the Restoration. In 2000, Hampshire moved their home matches to the new Rose Bowl cricket ground in West End. Except for the celestial objects in the arms, the motto was that of the Star of India and referred to the troopships bound for British India which left from the port. Lee Co, Inc. [184] Redevelopment has created new shopping areas, including the Gunwharf Quays (the repurposed HMS Vernon shore establishment,[185][186] with stores, restaurants and a cinema) and the Historic Dockyard, which caters to tourists and holds an annual Victorian Christmas market. [24] The air raids caused 930 deaths and wounded almost 3,000 people,[91][92] many in the dockyard and military establishments. IPS Default 4.4 (Default) Powered by Invision Community × Existing user? [115] It is located primarily on Portsea Island and is the United Kingdom's only island city, although the city has expanded to the mainland. mi. [167] The city is divided into two parliamentary constituencies, Portsmouth South and Portsmouth North, represented in the House of Commons by Stephen Morgan of the Labour Party and Penny Mordaunt of the Conservative Party. Shipbuilding jobs fell from 46 percent of the workforce in 1951 to 14 percent in 1966, drastically reducing manpower in the dockyard. [237] Portsmouth is most often the port from which Captain Jack Aubrey's ships sail in Patrick O'Brian's seafaring historical Aubrey-Maturin series. [324] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth was founded in 1882 by Pope Leo XIII. The town of Gosport contributed £75 a year to the ship's maintenance. [249] The university was ranked among the world's top 100 modern universities in April 2015. Prime Minister Theresa May led the event, and was joined by leaders of the US, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. Have they always been like this? [6] Its motto, "Heaven's Light Our Guide" (referring to the city's eight-pointed star and crescent-moon emblem), was registered in 1929. As for the message board it completely sucks. All Boards. The forts were nicknamed "Palmerston's Follies" because their armaments were pointed inland and not out to sea. What is it with Portsmouth where they seem to have a chip on their shoulder? HMNB Portsmouth, considered the home of the Royal Navy,[11][12] is the base for two-thirds of the UK's surface fleet. Home | Message Board | Contact Us | About Us | Fan Pics | Fan Polls | RSS Feed | Top of Thread | Login | Register. [72], Marc Isambard Brunel established the world's first mass-production line at Portsmouth Block Mills, making pulley blocks for rigging on the navy's ships. [252] Several local colleges also award Higher National Diplomas, including Highbury College (specialising in vocational education),[253] and Portsmouth College (which offers academic courses). Winter novels[243] and C. J. Sansom's Tudor crime novel, Heartstone; the latter refers to the warship Mary Rose and describes Tudor life in the town. Author. Sub-Forums Threads / Posts Last Post. [139] Edinburgh Road contains the city's Roman Catholic cathedral and Victoria Park, a 15-acre (6.1 ha) park which opened in 1878. [172] They are in Guildhall Square, with the Portsmouth Guildhall and Portsmouth Central Library. [93] On the night of the city's heaviest raid (10 January 1941), the Luftwaffe dropped 140 tonnes of high-explosive bombs which killed 171 people and left 3,000 homeless. Your message. [282][page needed][283][284] The National Museum of the Royal Navy, in the dockyard, is sponsored by an charity which promotes research of the Royal Dockyard's history and archaeology. [64][65] In 1789, a chapel was erected in Prince George's Street and was dedicated to St John by the Bishop of Winchester. Studentpad will continue to maintain all services during the Covid-19 situation, and remains the best way to find first-rate student accommodation. Portsmouth Message Board | TrueBlueArmy.com Message Board Portsmouth Football Club discussion forum. After it closed, housing (Anchorage Park), industry, stores (Ocean Retail Park) and a school (Admiral Lord Nelson School) were built on the site. 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. Pure Football Portsmouth. [174], Ten percent of Portsmouth's workforce is employed at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, which is linked to the city's biggest industry, defence; the headquarters of BAE Systems Surface Ships is in the city. [362] P&O Ferries ended their service to Bilbao on 27 September 2010 due to "unsustainable losses". Melville, R.V. [24], King Henry II died in 1189; his son, Richard I (who had spent most of his life in France), arrived in Portsmouth en route to his coronation in London. This seems to be a Portsmouth forum but most of the posts on there are about us: Portsmouth Message Board | TrueBlueArmy.com Message Board. [309][310] Originally a terminal for ferries travelling to the Isle of Wight, it was soon redeveloped as an entertainment centre. [207] The restored Kings Theatre in Southsea features amateur musicals and national tours. The city has a number of famous ships, including HMS Warrior; the Tudor carrack Mary Rose, and Horatio Nelson's flagship HMS Victory (the world's oldest naval ship still in commission). Thread starter Taffmackem; Start date Sep 18, 2020; T. Taffmackem Reserve Squad ... Start date Sep 18, 2020; T. Taffmackem Reserve Squad. The Portsmouth Area Talking News (PATN) was started in 1973. The Historic Dockyard has featured in several productions including the Hollywood adaptation of Les Miserables [232], Portsmouth featured in the first series of ITV's Britain's Toughest Towns. [19] The Danes returned in 1001 and pillaged Portsmouth and the surrounding area, threatening the English with extinction. [205][206], Portsmouth has several theatres. The highest recorded temperature is 35 °C (95 °F). 123SunTan Striker . The success of the project and the quality of its housing are debatable. The Journal, a free weekly newspaper, is published by News publisher Johnston Press. [311], Southsea is dominated by Southsea Common, a 480-acre (190 ha) grassland created by draining the marshland next to the vapour baths in 1820. Portsmouth forums . have played in the Wessex Football League Premier Division since 1998. [428], According to the Portsmouth City Council website, the following individuals and military units have received the Freedom of the City in Portsmouth. The application was made on the grounds that it was the "first naval port of the kingdom". announced plans to move from Fratton Park to a new stadium on reclaimed land next to the Historic Dockyard. [322], The Royal Garrison Church was founded in 1212 by Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester. Lee Co, Inc mabensh1 . Click to expand... You're there, or there abouts I'd say. The common met the demands of the early-19th-century military for a clear firing range,[312] and parallels the shore from Clarence Pier to Southsea Castle. [28] In 1229, declaring war against France, Henry III assembled a force described by historian Lake Allen as "one of the finest armies that had ever been raised in England". [360] They were quickly corrected, and the service was cleared for passengers on 23 May of that year. [5] [79], In April 1811, the Portsea Island Company constructed the first piped-water supply[80] to upper- and middle-class houses. Although gunpowder was not provided due to safety concerns, it could be obtained at Priddy's Hard (near Gosport). [164] In the early 20th century, its boundaries were extended to all of Portsea Island; they were further extended in 1920 and 1932, including areas of the mainland and adjacent villages such as Drayton and Farlington. [76] In 1818, John Pounds began teaching working-class children in the country's first ragged school. Home | Message Board | Contact Us | About Us | Fan ... if you put something on this message board, (or any board for that matter), it's called a post not e-mail. Several Victorian-era forts on Portsdown Hill are tourist attractions;[267] Fort Nelson, a its summit, is home to the Royal Armouries museum. Every chance he could end up with 20 goals this season and people still moan about him every game. Portsmouth Football Club discussion forum. [103] Defence Secretary John Nott decided in the early 1980s that of the four home dockyards, Portsmouth and Chatham would be closed. City of Portsmouth - Family History & Genealogy Message Board. [396], Portsmouth's daily newspaper is The News, founded in 1873 and previously known as the Portsmouth Evening News. [23][63] After the 28 April 1789 mutiny on the Bounty, HMS Pandora was dispatched from Portsmouth to bring the mutineers back for trial. [122], Old Portsmouth, the city's oldest part, is in the south-west part of the island and includes Portsmouth Point (nicknamed Spice Island). [24][165] On 1 April 1974, it formed the second tier of local government (below Hampshire County Council);[166] Portsmouth and Southampton became administratively independent of Hampshire with the creation of the unitary authority on 1 April 1997. [397][398], Portsmouth has been home to a number of famed authors; Charles Dickens, known for Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities and The Pickwick Papers, was born there. [300][301][302] The 560-foot (170 m) tower is visible at a distance of 23 miles (37 km) in clear weather, and its viewing platforms overlook the Solent (towards the Isle of Wight), the harbour and Southsea Castle. King Richard I first granted Portsmouth market town status on 2 May 1194 with a royal charter and a coat of arms, "a crescent of gold on a shade of azure, with a blazing star of eight points". [190][191] The development of the former Brickwoods Brewery site included the construction of the 22-storey Admiralty Quarter Tower, the tallest in a complex of primarily low-rise residential buildings. Contributor. [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. [292], The city has three cemeteries: Kingston, Milton Road, and Highland Road. [24][53] On 5 September 1642, the remaining royalists in the garrison at the Square Tower were forced to surrender after Goring threatened to blow it up; he and his garrison were allowed safe passage. Portsmouth was granted its first market town charter in 1194. [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. [216] The Portsmouth Sinfonia approached classical music from a different angle during the 1970s, recruiting players with no musical training or who played an instrument new to them. No trophies included, but it is still interesting. [24], During the 19th century, Portsmouth expanded across Portsea Island. He died within sight of the town, returning from Cádiz. 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