United Kingdom Cities - Portsmouth
Portsmouth, brief guide to the city of Portsmouth, located in the county of Hampshire.
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Portsmouth - Hampshire:
Commonly known as 'Pompey', the city of Portsmouth is located within the county of Hampshire, England, United Kingdom. The city itself has a population of 197,700 (2007 figures), whilst its metropolitan area has a population approaching half a million.
An important naval port for many centuries, Portsmouth boasts the oldest dry dock in the world, which houses numerous famous ships, the most notable being Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. Still the headquarters of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Commandos, Portsmouth is also a busy commercial port, dealing in continental freight and passengers.
A significant ferry port handling around 3 million passengers per year, Portsmouth has ferry links with Gosport and the Isle of Wight (Ryde), and continental links with Cherbourg, Caen, St Malo, Le Havre, Bilbao and the Channel Islands.
There is no mention of Portsmouth in the Domesday Book, though some villages which formed the original town are listed. Portsmouth's first church dates from 1181 and was erected by Augustine monks, Portsmouth Cathedral is located on the site of this original chapel.
Portsmouth officially became a city in 1926, it was extensively bombed during the Second World War and fell into some decline afterwards, it has seen significant redevelopment and improvement since the 1980's.
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