The Portsmouth Guide, pubished Hollingsworth, 1823


A very scarce Georgian guide book to Portsmouth, bound in the original printed paper-covered boards.

The Portsmouth Guide, pub. Hollingsworth, Promenade Rooms, Southsea Beach and High Street, Portsmouth, 1823

Perfectly complete and containing vii + 186 pp., with a folding engraved frontispiece depicting the Promenade Rooms on the seafront with the new terraces of Southsea beyond, bound in the original printed paper-covered boards, a little wear to the extremities. Duodecimo (19.5 x 10.7)

Contains fascinating descriptions of Portsmouth, The Dockyard, the new buildings of Southsea, the villages of Milton & Fratton, Gosport, Portchester and The Isle of Wight. The final section comprises a directory including lists of merchants and officials, mail and coach timetables, Gosport Ferry timetables, etc.

The frontispiece engraving includes a rare depiction of the 'Little Morass' on the right - a pond that existed at the western end of the then marshy Southsea Common. A much larger 'Great Morass' was located further east near to South Parade Pier - Canoe Lake being the last remnants of it.

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