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  • Stokehurst Old Rectory Now

    The Old Rectory – Maria Francisca of Portugal

    Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal Infanta (princess) Maria Francisca of Portugal (or of Bragança) was a daughter of King John VI of Portugal.  Her full name was: Maria Francisca de Assis da Maternidade Xavier de Paula de Alcântara Antónia Joaquina Gonzaga Carlota Mónica Senhorinha Soter …

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  • Haslar Cemetary

    The Royal Naval Cemetery, Clayhall Road

    The Royal Hospital Haslar opened in 1753 and from that date all those who died either at Haslar or aboard ships in Portsmouth Harbour, Spithead or the Solent were interred in the grounds of the hospital. The old cemetery at Haslar is situated to the …

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    Commander Crabb

    What Really Happened? There is nothing more certain to give rise to damaging speculation than suppression of the facts. In 1956 Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb dived beneath a Russian cruiser in Portsmouth Harbour – against the express direction of the prime minister. He failed to …

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  • Gods Port Our Haven Silly Small

    The Gosport Society

    The Gosport Society is a nonpolitical  Civic Amenity Society which is concerned with conservation, planning and Gosport’s important history. Their mission To promote high standards of planning and architecture affecting our area. To educate the public in Gosport’s  history and architecture. To secure the preservation …

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