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ISBN: 9781841144542
AUTHOR: Ian McGowan
A Portrait of Portsmouth
A Portrait of Portsmouth
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From at least Roman times, Portsmouth’s unique island site has ensured its place in English history. During 2000 years it has grown to become the chief naval base in the country, a city steeped in memories and mementoes of past naval actions and glories, a city where geography and history have carved out a certain spirit and character, a city where almost every corner reveals some aspect of its great heritage.

In the Tudor years Portsmouth was declared a Royal Dockyard and Garrison Town and from then on its future growth and prosperity relied almost entirely on the dockyard developments, a succession of European wars and decisions made in the high reaches of the Foreign Office and Admiralty. Portsmouth’s associated fortifications and defences had earned it the title ‘of one of the most protected areas in Northern Europe’ as long ago as the fifteenth century and some 400 years later in the latter half of the nineteenth century it was often described as ‘the most heavily defended place in the world’.

It is these simple facts backed by the long held notion tht ‘the strength of a country is reflected by the strength of the fleet’ that makes Portsmouth such a fascinating place to visit and explore. This book seeks to portray a sense of Portsmouth’s outstanding heritage with photographs and a degree of historical text that will appeal to residents and visitors alike. Many of the well-known attractions are illustrated here, together with other elements still waiting to be discovered. In the 200 years since the Battle of Trafalgar, this is an enduring portrait of a remarkable city and home of the Royal Navy.

ISBN 1 84114 454 1, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages.

Portsmouth in the Good Old DaysPortsmouth in the Good Old Days - £24.99
This fascinating book from the city's popular author, historian and journalist Anthony Triggs is based on the journal of his great uncle Richard Esmond who was born in Portsea in 1887.
The Mid Hants RailwayThe Mid Hants Railway - £14.99
This magnificent book by local photographer Matt Allen, follows the course of the line from Alresford to Alton, depicting a variety of engines and events along the way. In over 140 full-colour images he captures the life of the railway through the seasons, its buildings, locomotives, rolling stock and the stalwarts whose dedication enables the line to flourish.
The South DownsThe South Downs - £12.99
Strong photographic content, but primarily a great guide to the Downs where the tang of the sea, vaulted skies and the boundlessness of the Hills have inspired generations. By Peter Brandon and Mike Read.
Moods of the South DownsMoods of the South Downs - £14.99
The skies, the air, the song of the skylark are the essence of this great rolling expanse and it is this elusive yet all pervading spirit with its deep sense of history and place that this book seeks to convey. This is a photographic journey by master photographer Iain McGowan with text that will appeal to both visitors and Downland residents alike.
Portsmouth : A Shattered CityPortsmouth : A Shattered City - £8.99
In this unique collection of rare images local journalist and author Anthony Triggs shows the way the war-torn city changed as the demolition crews went to work, and how the gaping wounds of the city were cleaned and cleared to make way for the new Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Between the WarsPortsmouth Between the Wars - £7.95
A kaleidoscope of images that sums up the life of Portsmouth in the 1920s and 1930s. By Anthony Triggs
New Forest National ParkNew Forest National Park - £14.99
This is a land which has inspired writers, artists, poets, and painters and this beautiful book, photographed by Mike Read and written by Clive Chatters, acts as an introduction to the unique combination of natural beauty, tranquillity and peace which the New Forest has to offer.
A Portrait of WinchesterA Portrait of Winchester - £14.99
Alan Hayward reveals the full variety of this endlessly fascinating city and its environs in over 200 superb colour photographs which capture the essence of the place for residents and visitors alike.
Portsmouth FirstPortsmouth First - £8.99
Anthony Triggs journeys down the highways and sidestreets of Portsmouth's past to reveal the grand, the old, the unusual, but always fascinating events , people and places that have helped Portsmouth to lead the country and sometimes the world.
Sunny SouthseaSunny Southsea - £8.99
Relive the bracing fun of the golden age of the seaside through these nostalgic photographs celebrating one hundred years of Southsea's popularity. By the popular author Anthony Triggs.
The Forest of BereThe Forest of Bere - £14.99
This book by Emily Preston and Steve Wallis looks not only at the history of the Forest of Bere but also the special character that it retains today. Its landscape has a patchwork of woods and fields with ancient hedgerows and narrow winding lanes, interspersed with villages and small towns full of character.
The Spirit of PortsmouthThe Spirit of Portsmouth - £4.99
Portsmouth is a fascinating place to visit and explore. Many of the well-known attractions are superbly illustrated here by Iain McGowan, together with other elements still waiting to be discovered. This is an enduring portrait of a remarkable city and home of the Royal Navy.
Portsmouth Yesterday & TodayPortsmouth Yesterday & Today - £8.99
This evocative book by local author Anthony Triggs illustrates many of those changes with a series of images from the past which have been paired with modern photographs taken from the same viewpoints. The historic pictures date from 1870 to 1970, and together with their modern counterparts serve to show how a century of change has affected the great city of Portsmouth.
Web Price: £12.99
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