Portsmouth, or Pompey

Old Portsmouth has been around a long time: King Richard granted its charter in 1194. In 1495, the first drydock in Europe was commissioned in Portsmouth by Henry VII, and this is now the oldest surviving drydock in the world. Dickens was born there on February 7th 1812, a few months before Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia.

Pompey is now home to the Historic Dockyard, housing old warships and museums. It is also the resting place of HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar.

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