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Did you know that the first known dry dock in history was built at Portsmouth? It was constructed in 1495 during the reign of Henry VII . The port’s links with royalty go back far further, however: it was Richard I who in 1194 granted Portsmouth its charter – he also had a dockyard built there.

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Famous Portsmouth people:

Charles Dickens
Christopher Hitchens
Edward Miall
George Balfour
George Meredith
Howard Brenton
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Jim Callaghan
John Pounds
Olivia Manning
Reginald Revans
Roger Black
Walter Besant

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Brit Quote:
Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building. - John Osborne
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On this day:
Magna Carta Signed - 1215, The Peasants' Revolt ends - 1381, First Botanic Garden in Britain - 1621, Alcock and Brown complete 1st non stop flight across the Atlantic - 1919
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