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Portsmouth, Hampshire
Portsmouth Harbour c.1829
Public DomainPortsmouth Harbour c.1829 - Credit: Edward William Cooke

Portsmouth is situated on the coast of Hampshire, in southern England. Dating back to the 12th century, it has always had strong naval connections. 

The naval dockyard was founded by Henry VII towards the end of the 15th century. During the 16th century, Portsmouth became home to the Royal Navy.  Over time it was fortified, and by Jane Austen's period it was a walled town with a resident garrison.

The town has strong connections with Admiral Lord Nelson, whose flagship HMS Victory sailed from Portsmouth for the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He is commemorated by a monument on Grand Parade.

 

Monument of Lord Nelson, Portsmouth
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMonument of Lord Nelson, Portsmouth - Credit: Keith Pitchforth

 

 

 

 

 

 

HMS Victory, photographed ca. 1900
Public DomainHMS Victory, photographed ca. 1900 - Credit: unknown