Category Archives: Portsmouth

Portsmouth a City granted its charter by Richard the Lionheart providing the solid foundation for the Naval defence of England and a key part to play in the History of Hampshire.

1950’s Racing Chart of the Solent

1950’s Racing Chart of the Solent

1950’s Racing Chart of the Solent A chance find in a charity shop today turned up a racing chart of Solent and Spithead, how appropriate on the first day of the ‘America’s Cup’ hosted in Portsmouth for the first time in 164 years. Not being a sailor the chart is full of mysteries for me. The… Continue Reading

D-Day from Liphook to Southwick and Southampton WW2

D-Day from Liphook to Southwick and Southampton WW2

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Hampshire was full of troops equipment and there was a sense of a huge buildup, the population had been drilled on security but speculation was growing something ‘BIG’ was going to happen. What was it like for the residents of Hampshire as finally these massive resources and numbers of troops mobilised for the big push? Something “BIG” was going to happen but when? One of a series of posts marking Hampshire and it’s role and experience of the run-up to D-Day. Continue Reading

Marc Brunel in Portsmouth

Marc Brunel in Portsmouth

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Hampshire People

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Hampshire PeopleThe incredible engineers, the Brunels, father and son are in-extrinsically linked to Portsmouth through deed and birth Marc Isambard Brunel was a frenchman who fled the French Revolution and in 1793, fled to America and became chief engineer of New York City.  By 1799… Continue Reading

The Pompey Pals

The Pompey Pals

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Military Hampshire

In WWI Portsmouth was able to raise two battalions of ‘Pompey Pals’ the 14th and 15th Hampshire Regiment. Many enlisted at Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth Football Club. How must it have felt to these men of Portsmouth, many of whom would be fervent Pompey supporters, to enter the gates of Fratton Park, not to join the fray of a football game but to enter the affray of war? Continue Reading

D-Day Gathering

D-Day Gathering

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series D Day #DDAY71 #DDAY70

Making ready for Overlord in Hampshire, with troops massing on the South Coast, Eisenhower moving into Southwick House and Admiral Ramsay running Neptune from Southwick Fort. Who was in your area around the time of Mid-May to 6th June there was lots of hearsay but has your village or town got a story to tell? Continue Reading