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Portsmouth: History and war

This historic naval port was England’s first line of defence during the French invasion of the 16th century and it remains an important naval powerhouse to this day. You won’t be disappointed with the incredible depth of naval history or the beautiful scenery. Portsmouth is also just a hundred and sixty miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough. While enjoying this wonderful coastal city why not take time out to visit our store and stock up on the amazing range of e-liquids we offer. Be sure to check out our latest additions as well as the newest deals and offers.
Portsmouth is a vibrant city with a prominent place in history and surrounded by picturesque countryside. The University of Portsmouth ranks among the world’s best modern universities and Portsmouth is also the birthplace of author Charles Dickens and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The city’s name comes from Anglo-Saxon times when it was known as Portesmuda which means port on the river mouth. Between the 8th and 11th centuries the town was vulnerable to viking invasions. In 823AD Portsmouth was attacked and plundered by a danish fleet. Another large scale attack happened in 1001 AD with Danish invaders plundering the town again and further attacks continued until 1066.

And the fight continued

Portsmouth contributed many soldiers, sailors and vessels to the Third Crusade and King John later established a permanent naval base. In the 15th century King Henry V built the first permanent fortifications at Portsmouth to help protect the town from French attacks. These fortifications were later improved and some can still be seen today like the Round Tower, an artillery platform from the Napoleonic wars. During this period the world’s first dry docks was constructed at Portsmouth and King Henry VII made Portsmouth a Royal Dock.
Further fortifications were added in the 16th century, including the artillery fort Southsea Castle. As you can guess from the fortifications and advanced docks at Portsmouth, the city was becoming increasingly prominent as a key military location.
The majority of the population in Portsmouth supported the Parliamentarians during the Civil War and it became a major base for the Parliamentarian navy. After the Civil War more defences were built and Portsmouth became the most heavily fortified town in the world.

Slave trade and other commerce

From 1808 the Royal Navy squadron tasked with stopping the slave trade operated out of Portsmouth. During the Victorian era the city grew rapidly, incorporating nearby towns and villages and reaching a population of over 100,000 by the 1870s.
When the British Empire was at the height of its power, Portsmouth was considered the world’s greatest naval port. The city was vitally important during the first and second world wars and was bombed heavily by the Luftwaffe between 1940 and 1944. The harbour was also one of the embarkation points for the D-Day landings.
Since the war much of Portsmouth has been rebuilt and there has been a shift away from the traditional industries of the area. Although Portsmouth remains an important military location with a tenth of the workforce being employed by the Naval Dockyard.

Modern times

Be sure to bring you vaping equipment so you can enjoy your favourite e-liquids as you visit the many attractions and historic sights around the city. The Medusa Juice Vaping Store in Peterborough is just a couple of hours away and offers a huge selection of fantastic e-liquids as well as accessories and our new clothing line. Pop in to see the latest offers and check out the newest additions to see what you’d like to add to your own collection.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Portsmouth is the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards which feature the Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships like the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. You can also visit HMS Alliance, the only remaining WWII era British ocean going submarine. The Historic Dockyards offers harbour tours as well as plenty for all the family to see and do.
Continuing the military history theme of Portsmouth you can also visit fortifications like the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Round Tower and Southsea Castle. These defences were built and upgraded at various points in the last six hundred years and provide an unrivalled glimpse into the military past of the South coast.
And an exploration of military history wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the D-Day Museum which tells the events of the Normandy landings through the stories of those who took part. Portsmouth is also home to the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Museum which both host an incredible range of galleries and exhibitions as well as tea shops and an obstacle course.

After its all said and done

Be sure to bring you vaping equipment so you can enjoy your favourite e-liquids as you visit the many attractions and historic sights around the city. The Medusa Juice Vaping Store in Peterborough is just a couple of hours away and offers a huge selection of fantastic e-liquids as well as accessories and our new clothing line. Pop in to see the latest offers and check out the newest additions to see what you’d like to add to your own collection.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Portsmouth is the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards which feature the Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships like the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. You can also visit HMS Alliance, the only remaining WWII era British ocean going submarine. The Historic Dockyards offers harbour tours as well as plenty for all the family to see and do.
Continuing the military history theme of Portsmouth you can also visit fortifications like the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Round Tower and Southsea Castle. These defences were built and upgraded at various points in the last six hundred years and provide an unrivalled glimpse into the military past of the South coast.
And an exploration of military history wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the D-Day Museum which tells the events of the Normandy landings through the stories of those who took part. Portsmouth is also home to the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Museum which both host an incredible range of galleries and exhibitions as well as tea shops and an obstacle course.

One thing remains constant

For anyone looking to take a break from the military history there is always Portsmouth Cathedral near the heart of the city. And within walking distance you can visit cafes and theatres like The Kings Theatre, the New Theatre Royal and the Groundlings Theatre built in 1784.
Nature lovers will want to check out Staunton Park, a beautiful country park and farm where visitors can feed the animals. Other parks in Portsmouth include Canoe Lake with it’s boating and miniature village and the nearby SouthSea Rose Garden with its expertly sculpted flowerbeds.
Portsmouth isn’t sort of great hotels, pubs and clubs either with a focus on traditional British fare. There are also plenty of fun family activities in Portsmouth like the Peter Ashley Activity centre which offers everything from archery, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding and much more.
Visiting Portsmouth is a must for anyone with an interest in naval history but there’s also entertainment here for everyone else too. While enjoying the sights, take a trip out to the Medusa Juice Vape Shops in Peterborough where you’ll find a fantastic range of e-liquids. With new juices being added all the time as well as offers and contests, be sure to visit one of our stores regularly or check us out online. Medusa Juice also offer a fantastic new line of clothing that’s well worth a look.

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