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Southsea is a seaside resort located in Portsmouth at the southern tip of Portsea Island in the county of Hampshire in England. Image File history File links Dot4gb. ... Image File history File links Gb4dot. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ... Portsea is a small island on the south coast of England. ... Hampshire, sometimes historically Southamptonshire or Hamptonshire, (abbr. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...



In 1544 Henry VIII built the fort which became known as Southsea Castle. Although it would not have been called that at the time it is recorded as "Southsea Castle" in a map of 1724. Events April 11 - Battle of Ceresole - French forces under the Comte dEnghien defeat Imperial forces under the Marques Del Vasto near Turin. ... Silver groat of Henry VIII, minted c. ... Southsea Castle is one of Henry VIIIs Device Forts, built on the Southsea waterfront to guard the eastern entrance to the Solent. ... Events January 14 - King Philip V of Spain abdicates the throne February 20 - The premiere of Giulio Cesare, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel, takes place in London June 23 - Treaty of Constantinople signed. ...

In 1809 a new suburb began to grow. It became known as Southsea after the castle. The first houses were built for skilled workers in the 'mineral' streets (Silver Street, Nickel Street etc).

Around 1810 Hampshire Terrace, Landport Terrace, King’s Terrace, Jubilee Terrace and Bellevue Terrace were built adjacent to the town walls. Nowadays they form an almost continuous road between the City Centre and the beach. 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...

Southsea remained small until 1835. The area between Castle Road and Victoria Road South was built up between 1835 and 1860 as housing for middle class families. A prominent architect during this period was Thomas Ellis Owen who built properties in Kent Road, Queen’s Terrace, Sussex Terrace and Portland Terrace. | Come and take it, slogan of the Texas Revolution 1835 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... Thomas Ellis Owen(1805 - 1862), was a British architect responsible for many of the buildings of Portsmouth and Southsea. ...

By the 1860s the suburb of Southsea had grown along Clarendon Road as far as Granada Road. In 1857 Southsea gained its own Improvement Commissioners responsible for paving, cleaning and lighting the streets.

After the 1870s, east of Victoria Road, there was new building in the Campbell Road / Outram Road area. // The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ...

As building proceeded most was put up in the cramped manner typical of much of Portsmouth, a city where space is at a premium.

Recent history

On June 5, 1994 a drumhead service attended by US President Bill Clinton and HM Queen Elizabeth II was held on Southsea Common in front of the War Memorial. The event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D-Day was also attended by over 100,000 members of the public. Historically, a blessing before battle was offered during a drumhead service which is conducted in the field with the drums forming the altar and the colours serving as the altar cloth. June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The presidential seal was first used in 1880 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... Land on Normandy In military parlance, D-Day is a term often used to denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. ...

In September 2000 parts of Southsea were flooded when the pumping station which normally pumps surface water out to sea was itself flooded during a particularly heavy storm. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Much of Southsea was designed by the architect Thomas Ellis Owen. Although some of his buildings were destroyed in World War 2 and some have since been unsympathetically modernised, his work still shapes the architecture of modern Southsea. The majority of Owen's Southsea is now protected by a number of Conservation Areas or by being Listed Buildings. Thomas Ellis Owen(1805 - 1862), was a British architect responsible for many of the buildings of Portsmouth and Southsea. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A conservation area is a tract of land that has been awarded protected status in order to ensure that natural features or biota are safeguarded. ... Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ...

Tourist Attractions

The Southsea beach is stony and has two piers: South Parade Pier and Clarence Pier; both house amusement arcades and South Parade Pier also contains a ballroom and a bar area. Clarence Pier is adjacent to a permanent funfair.

To commemorate the millennium, a scenic walk was created which runs to Gunwharf Quays from Southsea seafront. The route is marked on the pavement, and is lined by distinctive blue street lanterns.

There are a number of miniature golf courses, a skateboard park and public grass and clay tennis courts.

The D-Day museum (which holds the Overlord embroidery) is located on the seafront in Southsea, very close to Southsea castle. The D-Day Museum is located in Southsea, Hampshire. ... Southsea Castle is one of Henry VIIIs Device Forts, built on the Southsea waterfront to guard the eastern entrance to the Solent. ...

Cumberland House is a natural history museum, butterfly house and aquarium.

The Blue Reef Aquarium is also situated on the seafront.

Throughout the summer, there are regular open air concerts and events at the bandstand and on Castle Field.

Southsea Common is host to a number of annual events each year including the Southsea Show, Para Spectacular, Military Vehicle Show and Kite Festival.

Just off the seafront is Southsea Model Village which is a 1/12th scale model village with forty miniature buildings, houses, forts, castles and a miniature railway. It was opened in 1956 on the site of a Victorian fort. Another part of the fort has been converted into Southsea Rose Garden.

Canoe Lake is the last remnant of an area of marsh and open water known as the Great Morass, drained in 1886, which much of Southsea now sits on. The lake is topped up from the sea by opening a sluice at high tide. Crabs and fish find their way in, and attract children fishing equipped with a piece of bacon on a string. When undisturbed there are regularly Swan and Mallard, with less frequent visits from Tufted Duck, Mediterranean Gull, Cormorant, Little Grebeand occasionally a lone Black Swan. In summer pedalos can be rented on the Lake and Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team meet there regularly at weekends to re-enact dramatic sea battles. 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... Species 6-7 living, see text. ... Binomial name Anas platyrhynchos Linnaeus, 1758 Subspecies See Mexican Duck, Anas, and article text The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos[1]), also known as the wild duck, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. ... Binomial name Aythya fuligula (Linnaeus, 1758) The Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) is a medium-sized diving duck with a population close to one million birds. ... Binomial name Larus melanocephalus Temminck, 1820 The Mediterranean Gull, Larus melanocephalus, is a small gull which breeds almost entirely in Europe, mainly in the south east, especially around the Black Sea, and in central Turkey. ... For other uses, see Cormorant (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Tachybaptus ruficollis (Pallas, 1764) The Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis , or Dabchick is, at 23-29 cm in length, the smallest European member of the grebe family of water birds. ... Binomial name Cygnus atratus Latham, 1790 Subspecies Black Swan New Zealand Swan (extinct) Synonyms Anas atrata Latham, 1790 Chenopis atratus The Black Swan, Cygnus atratus is a large non-migratory waterbird which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest of Australia. ...

Towards the eastern end of the seafront is the Royal Marines Museum. The Royal Marines Museum is located in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England and is open to the public 7 days a week all year apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. ...

The Kings Theatre, situated in Albert Road, is a venue that hosts a variety of performances. Kings Theatre Kings Theatre is a theatre in Southsea, Portsmouth which opened in 1907. ...

Southsea Town Council

Southsea Parish Council was created in 1999 following a successful submission to the UK Government under the Local Government and Rating Act 1997. The parish council later became the Southsea Town Council. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

The existence of the town council has been controversial from the outset. The initial creation of the town council was opposed by Portsmouth city council. There has been a long standing campaign to disband the town council. In a poll of local residents in February 2005, 56% voted to abolish it. Southsea Town Council continues to operate although its future is uncertain.

The town council has limited powers and a small budget funded by the local precept. It campaigns on local issues, seeking to influence the unitary authority Portsmouth City Council, it makes awards of funds to local causes and funds infrastructure improvements in the local area. It has an office in Southsea.

Transport Links

Hovertravel operate a regular hovercraft service to Ryde on the Isle of Wight which runs from Southsea seafront. Hovertravel is a ferry company operating from Southsea, Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight, UK. They are the last company operating in Britain with passenger hovercraft, after Hoverspeed stopped using their craft in favour of catamarans. ... BHC SR-N4 The worlds largest car and passenger carrying hovercraft A hovercraft, or air-cushion vehicle (ACV), is a vehicle or craft that can be supported by a cushion of air ejected downwards against a surface close below it, and can in principle travel over any relatively smooth... Ryde, seen from Ryde Pier and showing the twin spires. ... The Isle of Wight is an English island and county, off the southern English coast, to the south of the county of Hampshire. ...

In 1898 a railway branch called the Southsea Railway was opened from Fratton Station, terminating at East Southsea Station (near to The Strand). Two unstaffed halts were added at Albert Road and Jessie Road/Devonshire Avenue. The line was not able to compete with the Portsmouth corporation tram services. It was closed in 1914 and never re-opened. The line itself and the station have since been demolished and replaced with houses; however it is possible to walk the approximate route. Southsea is now served by stations at Fratton and Portsmouth and Southsea station and on to Portsmouth Harbour (also called The Hard), with regular trains to London Waterloo. 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Southsea Railway was a branch of the Portsmouth Direct Line. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Fratton railway station is a railway station in Portsmouth, located near Fratton Park, the stadium of association football (soccer) club Portsmouth F.C.. It is located on the Portsmouth Direct Line which runs between London (London Waterloo) and Portsmouth (Portsmouth Harbour). ... Portsmouth and Southsea railway station is the main railway station in central Portsmouth, close to the Commercial Road shopping centre. ... Portsmouth Harbour railway station is a railway station in Portsmouth, located beside Gunwharf Quays in the citys harbour; home to the Royal Navy, and an important transport terminal. ... London Waterloo railway station is a major railway station and transport interchange complex in London, England. ...


The University of Portsmouth is the only university in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire. ... The Portsmouth Grammar School is an independent school located in Portsmouth, England. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Mayville High School may refer to: Mayville High School (Wisconsin), a school in Mayville, Wisconsin, United States Mayville High School (England), a school Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... St Johns College is a Catholic boarding school in Southsea, Hampshire (UK) run by the De La Salle brothers. ... Priory School is a secondary school in Portsmouth, England. ...

Famous residents

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and the adventures of Professor Challenger. ... This article is about the British author. ... Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show and later became a film star. ... H. G. Wells at the door of his house at Sandgate Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. ... Dickens redirects here. ...

External links

  • http://www.port.ac.uk/ University of Portsmouth
  • http://uprc.justkez.com/ University of Portsmouth Rowing Club
  • http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/ D Day Museum
  • http://www.southseatowncouncil.co.uk/ Southsea Town Council
  • http://www.geocities.com/portsmouthguide Portsmouth City Guide
  • http://www.thomas-ellis-owen.org/home.htm Thomas Ellis Owen
  • http://www.pmbdt.co.uk Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team
  • http://www.southsearowingclub.co.uk Southsea Rowing Club
  • http://www.portsmouthdirectory.co.uk Portsmouth, Southsea Directory

Coordinates: 50.78705° N 1.09346° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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English Castles - Southsea Castle (654 words)
For the next 130 years Southsea Castle was again allowed to deteriorate, aggravated on this occasion by a considerable gunpowder explosion that destroyed the eastern section in 1759.
Demolition of Southsea Castle was proposed in the late 18th century to facilitate the construction of a more modern redoubt, but nothing had happened by the time of the next threat of invasion from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804.
Southsea Castle had now been transformed from a redundant ruin to a key element in the defensive strategy for Portsmouth, and it maintained an important role throughout the Two World Wars.
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Southsea became a separate ecclesiastical parish on 7 May 1921, being formed from part of the ancient parish of Wrexham, and parts of the parishes of Broughton and Brymbo.
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Having been formed from townships of the ancient parish of Wrexham, the parish of Southsea was assigned to the Wrexham Registration District.
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