The History of Portsmouth by Lake Allen

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The History of Portsmouth by Lake Allen

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Back in 1817, 18-year-old Lake Allen penned the first ever full history of Portsmouth, immersively and obsessively studying the city's past by reading ancient English manuscripts and Latin characters, and for the first time it's been refreshed for a modern audience by writer, editor, and publisher Matt Wingett.

Spanning from the Saxon invasion of Portsmouth in 501, through the battles between the English and the Danes, visits from ancient kings, the emergence of Portsmouth as a key Navy base in the Middle Ages, up to the rising legacy of Southsea as a seaside resort in the 19th century.

Countless intriguing facts are revived through the reissue, such as how parts of Southsea Castle was blown up when gunpowder was stored beneath a room with a fire burning in it, and how lives were claimed by an earthquake which shook Portsmouth.

The History of Portsmouth is the lasting legacy of a boy who died in 1824 aged just 24.

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