Descriptive gazetteer entries

These other entries in our collection of descriptive gazetteers are also about Portsmouth. You may be able to find further references to Portsmouth in the descriptive gazetteers by doing a full-text search here.

Place Type of entry Source
PORTSMOUTH a seaport town, with great naval arsenal, and with spacious fortified harbour Imperial

Travel writing

This website includes the complete texts of books describing journeys around Britain, written between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. Selecting one of the links below will take you to the first reference to Portsmouth within the selected text. This will not always be a description of a visit: travellers often mention places other than where they are, for example as a basis for comparison.

Traveller Section No. of Refs.
Daniel Defoe Letter 2, Part 3: Hampshire and Surrey 24
Henry Broadhurst In Journeyings Often 4
William Cobbett Oct. 18th to 26th, 1826: Weston to Kensington 4
Daniel Defoe Letter 2, Part 2: Canterbury and Sussex 4
Celia Fiennes Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 4
Robert Gammage Hampshire, Lancashire, and final reflections 4
John Wesley 1751-3: Wesley's Marriage; Cornwall Smugglers; Illness and Recovery 3
William Camden Wiltshire and Hampshire 1
William Cobbett Aug. 5th to 10th, 1823: Hampshire and Surrey 1
William Cobbett Nov. 7th to 11th, 1825: Burghclere to Petersfield 1
William Cobbett Oct. 18th, 1826: Lyndhurst to Godalming 1
Daniel Defoe Letter 1, Part 2: Harwich and Suffolk 1
Daniel Defoe Letter 3, Part 3: From Exeter to Land's End 1
Daniel Defoe Letter 5 (London), Part 2: The City 1
Daniel Defoe Letter 7, Part 2: East Midlands 1
Robert Gammage On tramp in 1840, from London to the south coast 1
John Wesley 1769-70: Opens a New Church; Comments on Rousseau; Geology; Swedenborg 1
John Wesley 1771-3: Windsor Park; Wesley as Art Critic; Glasgow and Perth; Preaches to 30,000 People 1
John Wesley 1777-80: On the Isle of Man; City Road Chapel; Wesley Visits Lord George Gordon 1
John Wesley 1785-90: Collects Money for the Poor; Visits House of Lords; Reasons for his Long Life 1
Karl Moritz Chapter 7: St. Paul's Cathedral 1

This website includes two large libraries, of historical travel writing and of entries from nineteenth century gazetteers describing places. We have text from these sources available for these places near your location:

Place Mentioned in Travel Writing Mentioned in Hist. Gazetteer
Southsea 0 2
Gosport 8 2
Burrow Island 0 2
Landport 0 2
Portsea 0 3
Fratton 0 2
Kingston 0 2
Anglesey 0 2
Forton 0 2
Milton 0 2
Eastney 0 1
Stokes Bay 0 2
Alverstoke 0 2
Elson 0 2
Spithead 0 2
Salterns 0 2
Hilsea 0 2
Rowner 0 2
Wymering 0 2
Paulsgrove 0 2